afropunk premiere: the seshen finds beauty in pain on the captivating “distant heart” #soundcheck

August 31, 2016

It’s always cause for celebration when there’s new music from The Seshen, the Oakland-based future-soul septet. Their latest single, “Distant Heart,” trades out their trademark massively complex polyrhythmic instrumental section for an equally massively complex synth suite. Singer Lalin St. Juste, as always, delivers her winding melodies somehow both effortlessly and passionately. The St. Juste explains:

Distant Heart comes from coping with my close friend’s suicide. She was an artist who had so much life inside of her; talented, ridiculously funny, and she had a huge heart. So I celebrate her through my art, I mourn her death through my art. This song is my coming to peace with her decision and it symbolizes the fact that she passed her light to those who knew her to carry it forward, to hold it close…to create and live and dream. So there is energy and resiliency in this song despite the heartbreak.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor

Picture credit: Nye Lyn Tho

“Distant Heart” is off the bands latest record Flames & Figures, due out October 14th. Pre-Order it here:

Tour Dates:

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
The Mayan
Los Angeles, CA

OCTOBER 14, 2016
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

OCTOBER 16, 2016
World Cafe Live
Philadelphia, PA

OCTOBER 20, 2016
Moe’s Alley
Santa Cruz, CA

OCTOBER 21, 2016
Hi Hat
Los Angeles, CA

OCTOBER 22, 2016
UC Theatre
Berkeley, CA

NOVEMBER 5, 2016
Off Beat Festival
Reno, NV