In 2002, Seluah’s debut EP launched a mystery rife with ethereal melodies and dub rhythms, allotting the band a singular, trippy space in Louisville’s well-documented music scene. LEO Weekly hailed it as “one of the best records to ever come out of Louisville,” and Ear X-tacy called it “a psych-dub masterpiece.” After brief stints supporting Rachel’s, Matt Pond PA and Shipping News, Seluah went dark for six years while continuing with their other bands (Rachel’s, Boom Bip, People Noise) before reuniting in September 2010.
Seluah’s 2012 debut full-length album Red Parole was much broader in scope and instrumentation than its EP. The bulk of Red Parole reflects an early ’70s mammoth guitar aesthetic, both fuzzed out and sweetly melodic, punctuated by mesmerizing vocals that glide over each track. Seluah performed most of the material while opening for TV On The Radio in the fall of 2011.
The following summer, Seluah performed a live score to Tod Browning’s 1927 silent film “The Unknown,” starring Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford, as part of Flyover Film Festival. The set incorporated songs from Red Parole, as well as doom-laden interludes hinting at newer material to come. Last summer, the group was invited to perform at The Forecastle Festival alongside headliners Outkast, Beck and Jack White. Seluah gained an ally in Henry Rollins, who exposed “Black Sand” and “Elysian Fields” to 500,000 weekly listeners during his KCRW radio show.
Seluah embarks on 2015 with its second full-length, Phase III. Using longtime collaborator Kevin Ratterman’s new dream studio, the band conjured stark, foreboding imagery on its most lurid venture yet. As is especially true with “Nanon,” Phase III depicts a dark, hypnotic world you can’t help but visit more than once.