After the successful release of his debut self-titled EP last year, Seneko — or Stan Olshefski — is back with another EP, True Dimension, and his trademark mix of contemporary and nostalgic alternative rock. The Connecticut musician believes in the power of songwriting, and it is clear in the careful and clean way the tracks on True Dimension unfold. Big choruses emerge from genre variation to keep you coming back, while skillful guitar lines soar and slide, tethering each song to the next.
The album opens with the effected vocals of “True Dimension”, which remind me of The Strokes, and set a spurious tone for True Dimension that becomes delightfully convoluted with, for example, the addition of the Americana-infused twang of “Pierce Lip Smile”, and the simple pop-and-sway rollick of “My Little Curioso”. This EP has no intention of sitting still, but retains a clean production style that becomes essential to the flow, as well as a structural continuity brought on by lofty choruses.
At five songs long, Seneko has proven his multi-faceted talents and shown an awareness of music that has come before. “You To Save Me” and “Take Me Indigo” could have been pulled straight out of the 90s — yet they exist within the unity of the EP in a way that is entwined. Each song adds a layer to the finished product. True Dimension is an EP that somehow manages to be both reassuring and danceable at once — a completely fresh combination.