Why The Eye ?

by Why The Eye ?

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Cross out the all seeing eye and ears will open onto questions tracing the lithic grooves of an anachronic industrial. Why the Eye's paleo-futurism suggests a mode of Rock in Opposition displaced into alternative timelines. It is as if the Leg End of Henry Cow has escaped its retro-avant 'chamber music' fetters, toward the hypnotic patterns of dance floor exuberance. These rituals exhume unidentified audio relics from a future yet to be within a deep past that will have been.

Each track on Why the Eye's debut leads into an exploration of an entranced dreamscape that would be mislabeled as an 'interlude'. Instead, Why the Eye weave numerological significance into their myth: the energetic, odd-numbered tracks are counterbalanced by the mesmeric reveries of the even-numbered tracks. Using ∆ for their titles, these unpronounceable names express the unconscious catacombs of their invisible sonic worlds.

Why the Eye uses an array of handmade instruments, each featured on the album's insert: hurgy, papillon, radiocaphone, castabignettes, drumkit, and the various sizes of lamellos. These hybrid tools give an elemental presence to their lithic grooves and a uniqueness to their spectral techno.

The album's opener, 'Dombo', could equally be heard as the audio parallel to the 'pataphysical Museum of Jurassic Technology as much as the reopening of the Bay-area's Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. The heavy hypnosis of 'Plastique' sets the machine churning, with its ∆∆ breakbeat skit closing side A. The nouveau post-rock of 'Free Gluten' continues the meditation to side B, as 'Papillon' Afro-punk invites us back to dance. 'Bragitto' lightens up the energetic weight and its ∆∆∆∆∆ dream closes the album with murmurs suitable for any ambience.

If music will have been made to announce the retrieval of lost futures, the initiation of Why the Eye might be said to have incepted some of its timbres.

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released September 11, 2017

Music produced by Why The Eye ?
Recorded at Ateliers Claus by Frederic Alstadt & Arnaud Riedinger
Mixed at Low Man’s Land by Jérémy Michel & Why The Eye ?
Mastered by Frederic Alstadt at Angström Studio
Photography by Camille Cooken
Graphic Design & Screen printing by Marijke Loozen
Produced by Angström, Plynt Records and Le Ministère de la FWB.
Thanks to Ismaël Colombani, Frans Claus, Étienne Foyer & Tommy Denys from Ateliers Claus.

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Plynt Records Brussel, Belgium

Plynt Records is a brussels based label. Our wish is to host artists who feel free to play with styles, experiment, tinker, get over the limits with no care of considerations. We produce and promote belgian creative music and try to throw bridges towards foreign artists and collectives with the intention to develop interactivities as much as we can. ... more

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