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Speed review time! Here's an LP by a psych-rock quartet called Eye. There are three songs on here and they mix Hawkwind style beardy psych with some vintage synth fiddling that wouldn't sound out of place on an experimental record from the late '70s. The first couple of minutes of opener 'Usurpers' is just pure deep space synth drones before it bursts into some hairy hard-riffing rock. Even when ...

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8/10 Mike Staff review, 07 February 2014

Speed review time! Here's an LP by a psych-rock quartet called Eye. There are three songs on here and they mix Hawkwind style beardy psych with some vintage synth fiddling that wouldn't sound out of place on an experimental record from the late '70s.

The first couple of minutes of opener 'Usurpers' is just pure deep space synth drones before it bursts into some hairy hard-riffing rock. Even when they're rocking out the classic sounds of Moog and Mellotron are a fairly prominent element of their sound, although the focus tends to be on the chunky riffs and pounding drums, sometimes heading into somewhat doomy territory that's pleasantly offset by the synth twiddling, other times going into full guitar wank solo meltdown insanity that'll make you exclaim "this is great" or "this is ridiculous", depending on your temperament.

Essentially it's over-the-top stoner rock mixed with a liberal sprinkling of classic synthesizers. They've got a massive sound and everyone in the band impresses when it comes to their time to show off, and everyone gets a chance to show off somewhere or other. The second side is taken up entirely by the 19-minute 'Dream', opening with a hazy fog of modular synth pulses, bleeps and drones before unfolding through passages of dreamy synth drones and noisy, feverish panic with crashing cymbals, tremolo picked bass, disjointed guitar shrieks and even some backwards vocals.

It's a hallucinatory trip of freeform weirdness which eventually, after about 10 minutes, settles into a pounding jazz-prog groove that sounds like Elephant9 performing an exorcism. I like this, it's unusual and experimental but lively and rocking with it.


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