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«Don't be scared by the cover artwork. Peruvian born Sebastian Alvarez is not some freaking devil worshipper of sorts. No, he just happen to like strong colorful visuals because he is also a visual artist. Sebastian, also known as SEB or Spirit Elevating Brains, has an interesting background, which led him into creating some very own and peculiar musical work. He is from Peru, lived in Brazil for a couple of years, and then went to USA, New York first, and then Chicago, where he is currently based, working for his degree in Performance Arts.
Sebastian has a previous album (a double-album, actually) released by austrian Chmafu Nocords. His page there has some interesting written stuff, from where I took the following paragraph: "Spirit elevating brains makes music that hijacks into memory, digital nostalgia, pins and needles for the cerebrum. Microscopic sounds come together like intricate metal sculptures, surgeons’ tools, watchmakers’ gadgets, all joining together in unlikely organic assemblages that leap and flap around the room." This is in fact the best description I've read about Sebastian's music. This new album with the title 'Raw adventures of the strident, harsh and sweet returnee' (obviously auto-biographical), dwelves deeper into those intricate structures which are now his trademark sound. But more: Sebastian, because of the places where he has been, was able to capture very rich rhythmic influences and incorporate them into modern structures of electronic music, like IDM and cut-and-paste electronica.
This is an amazing work, full of secrets and scents of distant places, taken from the mind of this young but already very talented artist.» - Pedro Leitão

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01 • Beyond robo digestion ............................................................. pt us
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02 • Brownie sucks fan ................................................................... pt us
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03 • Fake sun works bass-less ......................................................... pt us
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04 • For our creatures .................................................................... pt us
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05 • Clickandoo tongue gate ........................................................... pt us
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06 • Give up do not ......................................................................... pt us
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07 • Kid keedoor key ....................................................................... pt us
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08 • When your fables become real ................................................ pt us
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09 • Articulate the reception ........................................................ pt us
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10 • Nocturnal activities in a former factory ............................... pt us
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11 • Joy is not in the brain ............................................................ pt us
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12 • Was der erde widerfährt, richtet auch uns ............................ pt us
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  • artwork ................................................................................... pt us
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  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
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Reviews:

«I’m not surprised to discover that Peruvian artist Sebastian Alvarez, aka Spirit Elevating Brains (SEB), is more of a visual artist specializing in performance art than a musician. The title of his free online album and the album cover attest to an artist that is fluent in the visual and the poetic.
This is not to say that the music on Raw Adventures of The Strident, Harsh and Sweet Returnee is any less realized. In fact, SEB’s music is a complex sound painting made of samples, complex beats, and mesmerizing melodies and riffs. Partly collage, partly world beat, and partly electronica, this is a very enjoyable and surprisingly accessible journey into the artist’s mind and travels. As busy as his beats and glitches are, none of it is filler. It all comes together like a well wound watch. This is SEB’s first album and it marks him as someone to pay attention to.»
- Marvin [Free Albums Galore] / January 17, 2008

«*^*!!! this is one of the best releases I heard on this net-label, very clever arrangements - 'Give up do not' & 'Kid keedor key' are masterpieces. Looking forward to hear the next SEB... Test Tube should be awarded at some point. You should organize a TestTubeFest.»
- Emma Cutler [EARLAbs] / September 23, 2007

«From simplicity to intricacy, from serious beauty to humorous kitsch, and from soothing brain massages to chaotic noise slaps. Great material! A+.»
- Alexander Gavin [EARLabs] / August 29, 2007

«Amazing music! 5 stars. I'm going to http://www.nocords.net and order the 2 records by SEB...»
- Janis Oppe [EARLabs] / August 26, 2007

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