Funk has been enjoying a bit of a resurgence in the pop realm of late, with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino heavily incorporating elements of the genre into their music. But now, a new, mysterious duo called Seramic have emerged, giving it their own dance-like pop spin, without compromising any of its identity.
The EP opens with its title track, a very Funkadelic-inspired introduction, where animated vocals meld themselves with the instruments, stopping and starting before the synths take over and the vibe becomes much more chilled. Next up, ‘Greg’s Love’ features the legendary Bootsy Collins (of James Brown and Parliament/Funkadelic fame), who offers much to the mix. His vocals, over frantic percussion and a bass line inspired by him, don’t just add an authentic, vintage feel, but also create an impassioned, playful vibe.
The unselfconsciously poppy and more electronic ‘Same Mistakes’ is bookend by two short interlude pieces ‘Croque Madame’ and ‘Picante’, each an instrumental snippet of talent and ideas, reminiscent of acts like Thundercat and Yves Tumor. The emotional ‘Trying’ ends the EP deceptively, with the track starting out with just a piano riff to accompany his soulful voice howling “I believed you”. The track then slowly and seamlessly evolves into a crescendo of all the albums elements, with soaring guitars, intense drums, and choir-like backing vocals. Though short, the EP more than accomplishes its desire to create its own enjoyable, exciting brand of funky pop music.