“Sean Woodward is, without a doubt, one of THE most fascinating figures in the Post-Industrial underground.” – Heathen Harvest. Read the whole review at Heathen Harvest:
There is something fundamentally carnal, sleazy, and very masculine about the work on “Zodios”.
Sean Woodward is, without a doubt, one of THE most fascinating figures in the Post-Industrial underground. He is as far away from the grip of pretension as can be. His work is honest and fresh. He doesn’t try to freak people out who are numb to “darkness”. Doesn’t even bother, the guy is just making the most of his great mood and possibly even better outlook on life. There’s a mix of love musings to unseen broads, casually-delivered touches of Crowley teachings, and fantastical, Astrological declarations, it is all highly entertaining when he blends it with his unstable guitar handlings, cheap-ass drum machine tracks, and sexy electronics. The piano work on here is only an amplification of that natural swagger of his. Another thing that comes to mind is that he could just as easily have been some Lounge-Demon on either the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series, or its respective spin-off, “Angel”. I could make this happen someday, actually.
I DO know they guy who did make-up for Buffy… I really did fall for “High Atlas”. The key its in, the soft keyboards, but especially the oud-sounding lute on there. Nothing gets my attention quicker than things with a Middle-Eastern flavor to them. The lack of overbearing sadness on “Poh Teck Tung”, Mr. Woodward’s tribute to Sleazy Christopherson (of Throbbing Gristle and Coil) is a welcome change to all the deeply sorrowful homages I’ve been hearing lately. The funk-and-shuffle of “She’s Able”, the overall Lynchian abstract that is this whole album, all these things made this album very appealing to me and put me in a great, confident frame of mind. Though Sean lives in the UK, he is one of the many who can take it upon themselves to take very American styles and improve upon them. Certainly makes it his own, too. This might just be a new addition to my workout routine, a lovely accompaniment to all the muscle-bound dudes who are too conceited to check me out, even though I’m not hideous. I know it will play well one of these days as I strut down Hollywood Boulevard, feeding off the energy and excitement of the tourists before they realize how much of a piece of shit Los Angeles really is. “Zodios” is the new groove! Almost every bit as cracked out and gorgeous as LA can be.
And I say that with Love.
Already described as “a perfect mixture of surreal, curious, magical and dark moments”, my new album as Gothick includes 12 original songs of love and mysticism, including Poh Teck Tung in memory of Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson and Walworth Road Surrealist, inspired by the artist Austin Osman Spare.
As well as writing and performing the songs I also mixed and produced the album with Logic Studio at The War Room studio in Warmbrook, Albion.
It is released by Quartier23 in Berlin on Monday, 23rd May 2011 and has already nearly sold out in pre-orders.
To purchase the CD digipack, visit Quartier23