Eyes & No Eyes: If No-one Else Saw It (Willkomen Records)
Ex Brighton art school quartet Eyes & No Eyes release their new single today – check it out below along with our review.
I know very little about Eyes & No Eyes but that may soon change after the release of this double-A sided single which is really rather entertaining.
Guitar, drums and bass are joined by an unexpected cello & together they create sweeping, part-atmospheric tracks which demand several listens as they weave their ways into your subconscious.
The lead track starts with a lovely, clearly produced sound. Called “If No One Else Saw It” it is part shoe gaze & part alternative pop with a cutting percussive beat and vocals not unlike those of Sigur Ros’ Jon Por Birgission which wind beautifully alongside a sumptuous, jangly guitar. The rolling drums and precise cello also have hints of Bury boys Elbow, which suggests there is clearly an audience out there for the band. It’s a full sound without being overcomplicated and it’s memorable and catchy even before the chorus appears, rising halfway through and soaring away before coming back down to land as the track closes.
Flying Machine is probably the better of the two tracks here. A mid-tempo track that breaks off a couple of times and that’s held together by a cello which underpins the melody. The group do have a knack of writing a very good tune, not over commercial, but catchy enough to set your cd player to repeat several times. A real grower that cleverly entwines a well written melody with subtle vocals.
There’s an album due later this year which Eyes & No Eyes have spent the last twelve months recording together while touring throughout Europe and the UK. Recorded live it promises to “capture the energetic interplay” of the band and there’s really no reason to not look forward to its release. Also on the horizon is a conceptual electronic EP alluding to Matmos and Kraftwerk which sounds a mouth-watering prospect.
A very appealing sound and a group to keep an eye (or no eyes?) on.
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