Seer - Golden Retriever
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 16, 2014
    80
    The compositions recorded by Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff's synth and reeds duo have a sense a purpose often lacking in the hit and miss output of today's numerous modular operators. [Apr 2014, p.63]
  2. Mar 24, 2014
    80
    The album reaches its apex on the soaringly beautiful "Flight Song," evoking at once the best elements and most reflective shades of Eno, Aphex Twin, and free jazz saxophonist Marion Brown.
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    80
    Seer is certainly another step towards greatness for Golden Retriever.
  4. 80
    A glimpse at the album cover for Seer, a severe black circle surrounded by a chaos of stars and glimmers, betrays the album’s chief theme: moments of symmetry floating in space.
  5. Apr 10, 2014
    74
    Golden Retriever has carved a niche that’s not strictly indebted to post-Berlin School ambient or to the more organic work of new age composers but rather snags details from both aesthetics.
  6. Apr 10, 2014
    74
    Golden Retriever has carved a niche that’s not strictly indebted to post-Berlin School ambient or to the more organic work of new age composers but rather snags details from both aesthetics.
  7. Apr 2, 2014
    70
    The duo of Matt Carlon on Modular synthesiser and Joanthan Sielaff on bass clarinet, are onto something with Seer. [May 2014, p.74]
  8. Mar 25, 2014
    70
    On their fifth release, this Portland, Oregon, drone duo finally find the perfect balance between Matt Carlson's twinkling, modular synths and the bluesy cry of Jonathan Sielaff's bass clarinet.
  9. Mar 21, 2014
    70
    [The] only complaint is that the rest of the LP doesn't quite sustain the power of these two tracks ["Petrichor" and "Sharp Stones"]. [No. 107, p.55]
  10. Mar 21, 2014
    70
    All in all, Seer is an amazing addition to the impeccable Thrill Jockey canon, even if Alexander Tucker still sits atop his glittering throne at the apex of Thrill Jockey’s recorded output, unchallenged by great but not life-changing records like this.
  11. 40
    Opening track ‘Petrichor’ is certainly a trial, layering ominously ringing notes with clarinet blasts and coming on like the soundtrack to your worst nightmares, while the rest of the five-track record flits between welcoming and uncomfortable.

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