While the postcard images of Florida portray sun-kissed beaches and family-friendly amusement, the facade quickly crumbles to reveal a darker, sinister underbelly. Jacksonville’s Severed+Said uses their music to mine that lurking doom.
Across two cassette releases for Not Not Fun (Occlusions and Incorporeality), John Touchton’s sounds encompass everything from midnight Everglade dungeon synth to electro seance soundtracks. Nearly four years after Incorporeality, 2022 brings with it a new S+S release, Tragic Seeker, a document of “the mood and mythos of the Floridian void,” as the label writes. This latest sonic sextet builds on and refines the Severed+Said sound into the project’s defining statement. Here we present the title track, an extended, loose, synth-driven meditation with just the right amount of dread hiding around the corner.