Calgary’s Sievi is an electronica artist making some of the most organic sounds I’ve heard in some time. Rebirth is his first solo foray, and its mix of synths with a variety of tones is quite an invigorating listen. The violin-esque notes on opener “Back Drift” and the bright and subtle brass on the standout single “Charms” are all stunning wake-up calls that will keep you dancing long after the record’s finished. Downtempo has never sounded this forward-thinking.
“Charms” in particular transforms from a mellow guitar line to a beat that would make any Super Nintendo fan proud. “All Sense” fuses a synth tone reminiscent of Japanese string instruments (along the lines of a koto or shamisen) with metallic pipe clangs and keyboards that will transport you straight to the streets of Tokyo. Drummer Joel Jeschke adds a rhythmic groove that blends in perfectly with many of these beats.
It’s something to behold when a small collection of electronica tunes feels this alive and aware. Rebirth firmly puts Sievi in control of his musical future. He’s aimed to make “electronic music that has a human feel.” With the brilliant use of samples as instruments themselves, it’s clear that this is more than just an artist finding their identity. It is a literal rebirth. The creativity on display is something I sincerely hope Sievi keeps up in future releases.