CYAN IS THE COLOR OF THEIR UNIVERSE & THE MUSIC OF THEIR SOULS By Sandra Castillo
The siren, blindfolded, rises to her feet as the incoming tide circles around her. She stands and slowly removes the choker from around her neck and buries it in the sand. She then reaches down and takes hold of the arm of the sylph breaking through the surface, with three more to retrieve from the shallow underside of the beach. Once all the sylphs are liberated from their positions, they begin the journey in tandem, side by side, as the ocean’s magnetic pull lures them to the edge, drawing them closer to infinity.
It is here the siren silently witnesses the four chambers of her heart, once broken and shattered, embark on the long voyage to healing and forgiveness. And it is here, Lalin St. Juste looks to the future to discover hope and redemption in the powerfully moving video for “Don’t Answer,” one of the latest tracks from The Seshen.
With three, solid albums to their credit-The Seshen,Unravel (EP) and Flames and Figures, released in 2012, 2014 and 2016, respectively-The Seshen are now gearing up for the road in support of their fourth: the heavily anticipated ‘CYAN,’ set for release in just a few weeks. The band has amassed a large contingency of followers that have seen them perform in such venues as The Independent (San Francisco), The New Parish (Oakland, CA), Mercury Lounge (New York), The Teragram (Los Angeles), as well as throughout Europe. Veterans of the stage, The Seshen has performed with the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, Thundercat, Petite Noir, Macy Gray and Anderson .Paak.
RG Magazine recently spoke with the band, where they discussed about how they united to form The Seshen and how lead singer Lalin St. Juste overcame certain obstacles and emotional roadblocks in her life to create some of the most compelling music this side of eternity. Here is what they shared with the publication…
Please introduce the readers to the band.
We are The Seshen, a six-piece band that seeks to make creative music that touches your heart, makes you dance and make you feel an array of emotions.
Where does The Seshen currently reside?
The Seshen resides all over the Bay Area-El Cerrito, Oakland and San Francisco.
Who is the primary lyricist for The Seshen? Who provides the melodies?
Lalin is the lyricist for the band and mostly comes up with melodies as well. Aki, who produces and plays bass, will also have melodic ideas.
Let’s go back to the very beginning. How and where did the members of The Seshen come together to form this musical collective?
The beginning was a series of jam sessions that led to Aki and I (Lalin) wanting to start a band with some friends. We weren’t sure what our plan was, but we knew we wanted to try something new and make some cool music. Overtime, the band formed into what it is today.
How would one describe the music of The Seshen?
People describe us in a lot of different ways…it’s music that can make you dance, make you chill. It’s music with an emotional core. It’s music that doesn’t stick to a particular genre…it’s music that is about creativity, honesty and energy.
Who or what are some of the musical influences of The Seshen?
Mount Kimble, Smerz, King Krule, Channel Tres, Earl Sweatshirt, Peggy Gou, Tirzah, Broadcast, Radiohead, Jessy Lanza, Erykah Badu, Jai Paul
This writer is automatically transported to another realm when viewing the band’s music videos. Perhaps it’s the visual aesthetic, wrapped in tempered shades of black-and-white, that allows a certain rumination to take hold when watching them or even more so, it has something to do with Lalin St. Juste’s fluidity and beautifully haunting, raw, emotive charges unfolding before the camera. Describe what is exactly involved in turning the song into visual interpretation on film.
Turning a song into a visual is a collaborative process with the director, who takes the emotional story of the music and envisions a story that could be told. I, then, continue to add elements that are symbolic and meaningful to me. It provides another opportunity to share the story and to share the emotionality of the sonic landscape.
Are there any memorable moments in concert which truly stand out for the band?
A memorable moment was being in London and (hearing) people singing the words to our songs. I was completely shocked and touched to think-that so far from home-people were connecting to what we were doing.
The yet-to-be released ‘CYAN,’ slated for February 28,th has two tracks, “Don’t Answer” and “Dive,” that are worth mentioning and are seemingly relevant to the core of Lalin’s inner truth about certain things she had to overcome in her personal life. Talk about the progression of that emotionaljourney and when you made the decision to face your vulnerabilities and unrest head on.
It is a constant journey to face your own issues. Art is my way of understanding who I am, healing from what has been broken and my way of reaching forward towards who I can be. It’s hard in the beginning to share these pieces of yourself…the sadness, the doubts, the pain. But overtime, it gets easier, especially because others can relate, and it then helps in their process as well.
What does The Seshen hope to achieve in 2020?
We hope our music continues to reach people in their hearts. We believe music is a powerful tool for healing, for connection, for resilience.
The Seshen will be on tour in support of their latest album, ‘CYAN,’ in the following cities:
Rickshaw Stop (Noise Pop)-San Francisco, CA on 2/27
Treefort Music Fest-Boise, ID on 3/25
The Shakedown-Bellingham, WA on 3/31
Lucky You Lounge-Spokane, WA on 4/1
Substation-Seattle, WA on 4/2
Holocene-Portland, OR on 4/3
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Photo courtesy of Brittany Powers