“It might not be cool, trendy or danceable. It might not readily fit into an existing genre. For retro lovers, it’s probably not retro enough. On the other hand, for fans of contemporary electronic music, it might still sound outdated. And while a certain “poeticity” is important to me when I compose, my music might not usually sound very organic either. But this is the type of music that I happen to make, and I think it deserves to be heard.” – Lauri Movall (Sheobi)
“Vibrant electronic music. Rich, melodic, visionary.”
“Great classic 70’s feel” (“Sheobimotion”)
“Nice atmospheric track” (“Snowfall”)
“Wonderful sound!” (“Heaven”)
“A thematic score, very emotional”
“Wow, Epic. Smooth and harmonic” (“Finally Here”)
What is it?
Combining elements from various different sources like classical music, electronica, ambient, new age, pop music, dance, video game music, demoscene music, trance music and different progressive genres, while still not trying to follow any specific style or genre as such, the melodic and often quite minimalistically produced music of Sheobi has its own characteristics which might or might not appeal to someone familiar with other contemporary electronic music – therefore the notion of “alternative electronic”.
There are experimental elements included as well, but the words “experimental music” often point at something quite different. And terms like synthwave, chillwave or vaporwave have been used to describe certain “past-oriented” musical styles, but Sheobi is not retro in an explicit way either. While there are retrospective elements included, there is no specific intention to make the music sound like the 80’s, for instance. So using existing genre descriptions to describe the music has proved somewhat difficult. But melodies are a central part of the style in any case, and the atmosphere (which is important here) can often be called wistful or melancholic. Well, maybe it’s mostly just “Sheobi style” after all?
In general, fans of such classic artists dating back to the earlier days of electronic music as Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Kitaro, Ed Starink or Tangerine Dream (for instance) might find something of interest here. So you could perhaps call the music “classic electronic” as well. If you like Mike Oldfield, you might also looking in the right place – as long as you’re not expecting Mike Oldfield’s music, of course (and the same goes for all other artists mentioned – you won’t find any of their music here). This is something else, but you need to give some hints about what the music is like, and I couldn’t really come up with a better explanation myself at the moment.
Maybe if you’re into classical or progressive music, or somewhat less known genres like minimal synth, you could be interested in this. Or you could naturally even be interested if you’ve never even heard of any of the other artists or genres mentioned here.
Who knows? I don’t. Just take a listen yourself to find out!
-Lauri Movall (Sheobi)
Usually only a handful of selected releases is highlighted on this page at a given time. The single largest collection of different works by Sheobi is available on Bandcamp at http://sheobi.bandcamp.com, and there you can also support making more music by purchasing copies of the tracks or albums. Most of the money collected via Bandcamp actually reaches the artist pretty directly, in contrast to many other streaming and download services.
Although Bandcamp was the first, many more online services have since followed suit. Not all released tracks can be found in all channels, but many of them are quite widely available. Feel free to also stream or purchase using any of those various other online music services distributing official Sheobi releases.
Not so many people at all are listening to Sheobi yet – so your actions really do count here. Feel free to spread the word, share or add tracks to your playlists (if you like the music)! And don’t hesitate to give direct feedback either, the necessary contact details can be found on the contact page.
And if you want to keep track of new Sheobi releases, the best way to do that is to register at the Bandcamp site and start following Sheobi there, as that’s the place where most of the music appears first (and some of it might not even be released anywhere else).
Other online services where Sheobi tracks and albums can be found include: Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, Google Play and Amazon. See links below at the bottom of the page.
For more information about Sheobi, check the about page.