Tom Vek - Leisure Seizure
- Malcolm Jack
- 20 May 2011
Broadly similar follow-up to much-pilfered sound of debut
Circa his debut album We Have Sound’s arrival in 2005, Tom Vek was hailed by some as the new Beck – quit tittering at the back there already.
The Londoner’s garage-recorded mix of monotone drawl, angular beats and popping bass was exciting, though it never quite set the world alight. Six mysteriously silent years on, he’s delivered a broadly similar follow-up – trouble is, the competition have since pilfered his sound.
‘Aroused’ recalls Passion Pit’s day-glo electronica; the ravey pop overtones of ‘A Chore’ could be anyone from Friendly Fires to Metronomy. You’ve got to respect the years of geeky perfectionism that have gone into Leisure Seizure, but Vek might regret not instead getting out there and seizing his moment.