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The Beast Within

by Roger Seldon

'...eclectic mix of catchy, intelligent, witty and deftly crafted tunes which can perhaps best be described as Quirky Pop' -Southcoast Jam. '...songs can take off in unusual directions. Seldon is not afraid to go out on a musical limb...'-The Island Word.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Same Game
roger seldon
4:16 $0.99
2. Cleo
roger seldon
4:12 $0.99
3. Burdsong
roger seldon
3:58 $0.99
4. Wrong Way
roger seldon
3:49 $0.99
5. Dreamchain
roger seldon
3:01 $0.99
6. Heavy Rain
roger seldon
4:01 $0.99
7. Glimpse
roger seldon
3:24 $0.99
8. Undeserving(including poem Dark Fate)
roger seldon/keith erasmus
5:12 $0.99
9. Angelica
roger seldon
2:27 $0.99
10. Cleo(Dan's Version)
roger seldon
8:54 $0.99
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ROGER SELDON. South AfriCanadian indie songwriter.

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CLEO nominated finalist in Cape Town's Barleycorn Music Club's 2003 Song Competition.
This occurred during the recording of THE BEAST WITHIN and was based on an unmastered copy of track 10, CLEO (Dan's Version) with a live performance on the night. It was the 1st time I'd had to do that falsetto live. I had hoped they would choose DREAMCHAIN instead! Anyway, I'm glad. Everyone seems to like CLEO whenever I've played it since then and I would probably never have added it to my live sets if I hadn't been "forced" to play it live that night.

In May 2005 the unlikely hit song Angelica , Track 9 of "THE BEAST WITHIN" , reached #1 on a top ten recommended list on European podcast THE NEXT BIG THING.
This song, with lyrics by poet/sculptor/photographer Marke Meyer, is an obscure, light ditty which has been picked up and played by more radio and cyber stations than the more obvious "hits". One never knows which songs will take on a life of their own. (And Meyer still refuses to explain the poem to me.)

BURDSONG nominated "lovesong of the decade". Coming to a shape-tape near you.


Born and raised in South Africa and travelling the globe continually, I finally managed to stop in one place long enough to record my 1st album "THE BEAST WITHIN" in Fishhoek , Cape Town late 2003. Mastered and manufactured in Vancouver , Canada , the album was officially and globally (thanks cdbaby) released September 2004.
With over 20 years of songwriting this tip of the iceberg represents the 1st unleashing of my beast within.  This album is made up of an eclectic mix of  songstyles with some of  the earliest tunes mixed up with the new.

Being a gypsy for a lot of years many of the songs seem have become popular at my regular low key appearances around the world. The Hibiscus Coast (see www.southernexplorer.co.za) , Plett , Cape Town; all in South Africa; and Vancouver , Nelson , Northern Vancouver Island and Kitimat in the Wild Northwest of British Columbia have been my regular stomping grounds. More recently Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland, all on Vancouver Island, have born the brunt of my stomping. A few of my songs (HEAVY RAIN , DREAMCHAIN , BURDSONG , SAME GAME) have been covered by artists in some of these  places (Aden Hinds- Durban , Sean Germond - Cape Town , Barbie Meyer - Margate).
I enjoyed a long and fruitful development period through the 90's playing as a duo with accomplished cellist Christie Staudhammer, initially touring beaches , forests , houses & lakes about Northern Vancouver Island and later the coffeehouses of Vancouver City. We also played around Plettenberg Bay South Africa towards the end of the last Millenium. Sadly , no formal recordings of those years exist , BUT*******SEE BELOW FOR MORE ON THIS!

In late 1996/7 I joined bandmembers Liz Adams , pop legend Scott Blackley (Muzzy Pep, The Great Dividing Range , The Troons) and Patrick Singh in the Whitehorse-based Yukon altpoprock band "HOOP" as bassist for their  tour of the East Coast of Australia in early 1997. In mid 1997 we all hitch-hiked off in different directions. Luckily no blood had yet been spilled and all was good(ish).
2004 saw me collaborating with songwriter/slide guitarist Malachi Greenidge in the duo Holy Joe & The sKeptiK. (http://www.myspace.com/malachigreenidge).
Since Malachi moved back to Ontario I've been concentrating on my solo performance, playing venues on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver when I'm in Canada and off shift, and migrating annually to the Kwazulu-Natal south coast in South Africa each year for the surf season and an intense music experience.

Mostly I have been writing and jamming with any inspiring  talent I intercept in my wanderings to the abovementioned locales.

The last 10 years have seen me splitting my time between the southern tip of Africa (music & surfing) and the Canadian West Coast (music , snowboarding and , most unfortunately , work). The next album is on the way!! I promise!
In the meantime:


4-SONGS Roger & Christie
A mini-album featuring Christie Staudhammer on cello.
The songs are now digitally released and available through iTunes and other digital sites.






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...ROGER SELDON played to a packed and eager audience last Saturday night @ Rooks in Shelly Beach...this is an incredibly versatile musician, playing everything from sensitive classical pieces to raunchy poetry with a twist... His 'Beast Within' album is a must-have..."

don't miss his last gigs before he heads off back to Canada for the winter....
(like a swallow in reverse?)

colaborart international

you will be surprised everytime; who it tickles- and where!
play it in your car with your kids, play it at your next dinner party, play it cleaning the house, play it as artistic inspiration,...and you will be surprised everytime; who it tickles- and where!


A CD which definitely works on you as you listen to it... very enjoyable.
Review of: The Beast Within
Review date: 21/10/2004
Reviewed by: LAD
Roger Seldon`s CD `The Beast Within` is a very original melodic pop CD which is easy listening with clear and good vocals.
A total of 10 songs are on the CD. The opening track `Same Game` has a nice piano backing to it (as do several of the tracks). `Burdsong` is a wonderful duet between Roger and Greer -- very peaceful and calm. The CD follows on the slow dreamy melodies. `Undeserving` features a poem called Dark Fate which is read to open and close the track. After listening to the track several times I think that I could say that `Cleo`, `Wrong Way` and `Dreamchain` are my favourite tracks on the CD.
The songs were written and recorded at various stages in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Canada, but the CD is still mastered and put together very well. The CD artwork is very interesting, with hand drawn images. The inner cover folds out exposing the lyrics.
A CD which definitely works on you as you listen to it... very enjoyable.


Awesome, album- can't wait for the new one too
Every song on this album is amazing. If you like this CD the new onw will rock your world. Go Stauhamm go.

Rick Bateman

great lyrics, melodies and arrangements.
...Also added three new songs from Roger Seldon's "The Beast Within" CD. A really interesting CD with great lyrics, melodies and arrangements.

posted by Rick

Ryan Z

Perfect Listen
The Beast Within is the perfect listen from start to finish. With excellent vocals and stellar guitar playing. Definetly worth the purchase.


The Beast Within
Oh WOW!!! Absolutely love it! All the songs are great but the cherry on top for me is SAME GAME. It's one of the most awesome songs I've heard in a long time. Played it at least 5 times & after the second time was singing along! I remember listening to Roger jamming away in his home in Durban when we were teenage 'groupies' :) & he was in a band called 'The Gents'. Thought he was amazing then but he's so polished & versatile now! So pleased to have reconnected via Facebook & to see he's still making music :)

Beastie Girl

What D' #@!* is in this guy's Head?!!
I got to this place by mistake. The Beast Within sounds like...heavy...maybe goth metal. But I'm thankful I came and persisted. There is something for everyone. The anthemic Wrong Way and scary ballad Undeserving are excellent moody rock songs. He's right, PLAY THEM LOUD!! His head must be a dark and murky place scattered with pools of splendid clarity. Trying to figure him out is a twister. What the Hell is Angelica all about? Go listen, then go figure.


clear & concious
Cool and quirky. Power-pop to beautiful love-songs. Trippy club to metal ballads. Well-fused and a good listen end-to-end. Plus a hidden gem that startles you awake if you drifted off with the tranquility of the last song.


Totally Groovy
This CD is awesome! I listen to it a lot. It has totally rockin tunes and some awesome ballads as well. Very eclectic. If you are a fan of true musical artistry, you'll love this CD!
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