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Single Review: “See It” Maurya Sevak

Some club beats are capable of communicating more than a dance vibe, and this is certainly true of the new single “See It” from Maurya Sevak. Although driven entirely by its mad instrumental push, there’s scarcely a moment in which “See It” feels purely club-oriented or less than poetic beside any of the pop-centric content you could compare it with. Indeed, the conceptualism for both the song and its music video put it in a highbrow category of melodic music, but all in all I think this is one of the more accessible – if artsy – releases of its kind out right now.

The constant hint of violence that we find in the visuals of the music video for “See It” feels much more interpretive than it does explicit, and I think the understated lyricism in the backdrop of the beats goes a long way to contextualize this theme as angst over anger. It’s implied that perception is the greatest point of emphasis to be appreciated in the narrative here, not only through the fleeting, surreal verses that surround us in the master mix but through the imagery that floods our screen one jarring frame at a time.

I like how the progressive construction of the video matches up with the rhythm of the music perfectly, but it doesn’t necessarily make the percussion the star of the show. Contrarily, I think the synthesized melodies in this track are the best attribute the arrangement has going for it, and arguably this composition feels a lot darker because of their overbearing presence next to the bassline. You could have made the bottom-end fatter here and got away with a clubbier look, but that’s not what Sevak wants – this is a demonstration of emotion, not a referendum on minimalist grooves.

Volatile in a few key moments whilst also being strangely elegant from start to finish, I really like everything about Maurya Sevak’s “See It.” There’s no getting around the experimental personality that this artist is contributing to the grander scheme of things at the moment, but I don’t know that throwing a little bit of eccentricity into the pot is a bad thing at all – especially with how streamlined a lot of electronic composers have been getting in the 2020s. Sevak has something to say about that, and it’s all compressed into a neatly packaged piece of material this winter in “See It.”

Amanda Beeler

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