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tunedloud.com

The Seattle-born and bred artist, CEEM trained in classical piano as a kid, and then went on to pursue a degree in audio engineering later in life. This laid the basis for his musical journey which started in an apartment in Seattle Washington, when he released his debut album “Creative Ways to Self Destruct”. This was followed by the EP “Equilibrium” and then “The Instigator” which brandied a blend of EDM and Pop.

Now CEEM has a brand new album planned for 2018, while he continues to drop the occasional single, which in this case is, “I Can’t Get Enough”.  One thing that refreshingly distinguishes CEEM from most musical electropop acts is that he never makes the same single, EP or album or back-to-back.

Every subsequent release seems to be a reaction from the previous one. He keeps you guessing to what his next move will be. The only things that are a given are CEEM’s smooth and sultry vocals and his textured synth-pop musical soundscapes. “I Can’t Get Enough” is a stylish mid-tempo beast with portentous swirls of understated sound underpinning CEEM’s haunting vocal.

This track is as equally mesmerizing, as the waves of shimmering electronica building then breaking against the vocals before subsiding again. The lyrics are enigmatic and stark, the imagery haunting. So far so good, but it’s the remix that actually contains the absolute winning formula.

“I Can’t Get Enough (Parisian Hooker Disco Remix)” provides the necessary wattage and funky beat to keep the dance floor pulsing — very few synth-pop artists sound as good as CEEM does – apart from The Pet Shop Boys maybe – blasting through massive club speakers, and this version of the song is a DJ’s wet dream.

It’s a solid remix that will surely keep the dance-floor buzzing, especially late at night when everyone is already lost in the intoxicating energy of the beats, the entranced crowd around them, and whatever liquids or chemicals happen to be percolating through their bloodstreams.

“I Can’t Get Enough” comes close to being an absolute triumph, thanks in large part to the extraordinary sonic boom that the production packs into the remixed version. There’s a very familiar but magical feel to an artist like CEEM. His music sounds like something you know but never sounds old or outdated. He makes electro-pop so instantly tantalizing that it won’t feel like a guilty pleasure.

Along with this, CEEM also tries for more explorative, darker and pensive sounds that balances out his brighter dance-pop indulgences. He actually calls this blend ‘Emotronic’.  “I Can’t Get Enough” is an intricately constructed musical tapestry, replete with multiple sonic ingredients and vocal flourishes that coalesce for another enchanting affair from CEEM.

http://www.tunedloud.com/2017/12/06/ceem-i-cant-get-enough-an-intricately-constructed-electro-tapestry/

ermergingindiebands.com

The audience, on hitting play, on the latest release I Can’t Get Enough, which is available on bandcamp, is immediately minded of King Catcher with its introspective coiling that only reluctantly emerges from the speakers, prior to slithering across the floor in ever greater impressive soundscape which invites the audience to accompany the fluid flow of the music.

I am always drawn, in my imagination to a hungry boa-constrictor on hearing nu-disco, as from its timidness and fragility in surfacing from the shadows develops a munificence of enticing beauty which finally resolves to satiate its needs and recedes as a stocky well fed brute, disporting, of immense strength.

http://emergingindiebands.com/ceem-i-cant-get-enough-single-review/

Indie Spoonful

CEEM - "How To Be Loved"

February 7, 2017

CEEM is a synth-pop artist who can get your fists bumping and feet jumping all while delivering a meaningful message for our times.  Drawing influences from early artists such as David Bowie, Madonna, and The Eurythmics and from later influences like Gus Gus, Daft Punk, Dragonette and Lady Gaga, CEEM is very versatile and surprising. With the ability to remix his music to fit any genre, to drop his songs into an acoustic version or disco-dance track, CEEM keeps things fresh and engaging.  In his latest song, "How To Be Loved," CEEM was inspired by the Women's March on January 21 2017.

 

Starting off with entrancing electronic sounds and vocal layering, the intro to “How To Be Loved” will have you captivated from the start. The production and mix are high quality.  "How To Be Loved" has a professional sound that can compete with major artists in the EDM/Dance scene; the track is seamless smooth yet filled with texture and nuance. 

CEEM's tenor vocals are modified with effects making them blend perfectly with the production, acting almost as another instrument added into the arrangement.  His vocal tone is made for pop music- clear and youthful. CEEM also uses layers of vocals, in multiple ranges, which adds a nice fullness where needed. The melodic content during both the verses and chorus are memorable and catchy giving "How To Be Loved” mass appeal.  This would be a great song for anyone trying to pump up the party with a positive message. The bass keeps the pulse throughout the song and the energy remains intense throughout.   

In “How To Be Loved,” CEEM starts each verse with the phrase, "There's a thousand ways..." He sings, "There's a thousand ways to love; A thousand ways to not be afraid; A thousand ways to stay together."  The theme in the verses is to find your path to a better place. CEEM talks directly to his audience, reaching out a hand, using the word "You" to emphasize that we are each part of the solution. "There's a thousand different ways to love, so why don’t you pick a few. Tell me how do you, want me to love you."  The song then moves on to a greater call for unity as the term "we" takes over “We’re gonna undo, the damage this time. We can do it better. We can make it right. There’s a thousand different ways to love.”  The song's lyrics are a call for love, hope, inspiration and action.

“How To Be Loved” proves that a song can inspire you to dance, to think and to act. CEEM undoubtedly has tremendous potential to engage mass audiences with his energetic and engaging professional synth-pop tracks and with messages that audiences are craving to be a part of; "How To Be Loved" is more than a song, it's calling and CEEM has that calling. His vision is to make a difference and he achieves that vision. CEEM’s music can be purchased via iTunes. For more information visit CEEM's website.  

http://www.indie-spoonful.com/single-post/2017/02/07/CEEM---How-To-Be-Loved

Sites and Sounds of Note

Nothing is quite as it seems as CEEM (www.musicbyceem.com) the dance pop specialist from Seattle preps his latest full-length release The Instigatorfor a summer 2017 release. He says it's just his nature to be the instigator and the piercing and percussive title does really get things going. CEEM takes listeners on an autobiographical journey in hopes of connecting with his audience on a profound level, all while keeping the beat and energy pumping...

http://www.sightsandsoundsofnote.com

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