Tom Vek

Leisure Seizure

Downtown/Cooperative Music USA/Island

Jun 24, 2011 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Six years is a long time in any industry, but especially for musicians. Inscrutable London alt-rocker Tom Vek originally dropped onto the scene with his somewhat promising 2005 debut, We Have Sound. He eschewed garage rock’s nasty guitar riffs for serpentine bass lines, half-spoken vocals, and metallic percussion. As a result, the LP registered as a minor blip on most radars. He played like an old soul even as a 24-year-old upstart. Vek continues to beat many of the same drums and sing the same songs on Leisure Seizure. He appreciatively stretches beyond his wheelhouse here, with electronic accoutrements on such tracks as “World of Doubt,” “A.P.O.L.O.G.Y.,” and lead single, “A Chore.” Despite these experiments, Vek’s delivery is anticlimactic and sometimes exasperating. Angular songcraft dies hard. (

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