Discovery: Sebastea

Sebastea is an alt folk singer songwriter from Ankara, Turkey. His hypnotic new track is called Gemini.

By Graeme Smith

Starting with a repeating vocal note, Sebastea’s crystalline vocals float through the track’s opening, repeating chant-like phrases. Things swell to an atmospheric percussive interlude before the vocals return for the final verse with metaphoric imagery.

Gemini does not have the sort of structure you might hear in modern pop. There’s no hook, no bridge. The alternative structure of repetition and using how things are sung, as well as what, to tell the story is what felt so fresh about the track and why I wanted to share it.

Check out Gemini below. If you want to hear more songs that break with convention, check out our Decomposition playlist on Spotify.