The debut LP from Cathode Ray Eyes, Eyes in the Melancholy Palm is a mix of strange melodies and general freakiness with brooding psychedelic guitar repetition, winding it’s way deeper and deeper. It feels very much like the soundtrack to some disturbing monster film, with the protagonist slowly losing their mind as the monster gets ever closer.
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9/10 Kelis Customer review, 4th June 2015
Cardinal fuzz are synonymous with quality releases and to be honest I haven't been disappointed yet by them. The quality control continues with this lovely twisted up record. Elements of Broadcast, elements of Tindersticks and undertones of Joy division, this a playful, dark album that really gets to you.
Particular faves is the opening instrumental 'the burial had different endings' and the bizarre last track '..no middle or end'.
Hard to define genre to be honest.It's heavy in places, it's soft in places, dynamic off kilter songs that feels like you are listening to a schizophrenic audio experience. To wrap up: Ian Curtis fronting Nick Cave's Bad Seeds, at midnight, with a suitcase of drugs....and you kinda get the idea of this strange and oddly stunning record.
9/10 Helen Fairbanks Customer review, 28th May 2015
I've been waiting for new The Cult of Dom Keller record since the marvellous 'Second Bardo' album and so when Cardinal Fuzz said they were releasing a Cathode Ray Eyes album ( the pseudonym of TCODK guitarist/vocalist Ryan ), I was instantly intrigued and when I finally got my white vinyy delivered it's been on play a lot! A great record gets better with every listen and this fits defiantly in this category. If you're expecting the heavy fuzz and wig out space pop of CODK then prepare to be surprised as this is an almost beautiful, dark weird odd(essey)! The opening track 'And the Burial Had Several Endings' is a cinematic wave of orchestrated sound akin to Morricone soundtracking an western set in space and draws you in into this intimate weird album. From here the album lurches from gothabilly 'Death Song no.1' and then one of the album highlights 'The Unsuccessful Resurrection of James Dean' which is a supernaturally eerie but beautiful track with echoes of Nick Cave and even Bryan Ferry(?!) but all wrapped up in a claustrophobic tin of darkness where acoustic guitars and strange keyboards drift out of the mix to support teh Ian Curtis-like vocals.
At this point I must make it clear this is not the most upbeat album and with some originally great ( but dark!) album titles this is no party album but through all the melancholy and eerie tones there is a real feel of spiritual euphoria at work here.
'I Woke Up This Morning and the World is on Fire' is a fuzzy stomper and the dreamy 'Drowing rats' is most definitely a future inclusion in the next David Lynch film as it's Twin Peaks dreaminess drifts by.
Side B opens with a another instru-mental(!) - the wonky desert stonerism of 'And It Came ( a Barrel of Skeletons )' that sounds like Tom Waits smoking the green herb .'Harry Houdini', tears the speakers apart, another album highlight that shows another side to all the dark forces at work that reminded me of The Coachwhips meets The Fall.
The album closers 'Goodbye to the Wonder' (an achingly dark love(?) song about burying a body(?) is what I make out from the heavy reverbed/echoed vocals) through to the heaviest track on the album,' Where There is no Beginning, Middle or End', an absolute piledriver of a song that twists and smashes and then you realise what a journey you've been taken on in under 43minutes.
The lo fi production and unique little world created here is not going to be for everyone's tastes. For Cult of Dom Keller purists this album may be a little to weird and cinematic. Approach as a seperate piece of work from the CODK canon and I promise after repeated listenings it just gets better and better. Not just for fans of psychedelia and acid rock, this is much more then that and deserves a great 9/10 as it almost hints at genius in it's odd little dark place.
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