Featuring members from Guided by Voices, the Decemberists and Jicks, this is clearly submission #2 for “most ungoogleable band name 2015”: EYELIDS OR. Jammed with a fresh batch of distorted old school altrock from Portland, their album 854 is just what you need to warm up your autumn. Open your ears and enjoy!
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 18th June 2015
"854" by Eyelids opens with the most pleasing piece of jangling indie-pop I've heard in a long while, "Seagulls Into Submission". It came out as a single a while ago now - a year, maybe longer. When the melody kicks in it kind of sounds like Ride, but it's better than Ride. It left me drooling at the prospect of an album being released. I got this as a (legal) download after having difficulty tracking it down, but I'm delighted it's getting a physical release in the UK.
"Psych #1" is a sounds like Guided By Voices channeling The Byrds. "Forget About Tomorrow" in almost as good as the opening track with it's strong melody and high harmony. Eyelids would probably fit into the same melodic, jangly, harmony-drenched indie-pop pigeonhole as Velvet Crush. The title track, "You Are Your Own" and "Abby's Friends" certainly have a Velvety Crushiness about them. There are a couple of songs that don't really hit the mark, namely "The Frame We Filled" and "Everybody" but time may make them my friends. "Into The Sun" is reminiscent of the Cowboy Junkies slowcore version of "Sweet Jane". The good, nay, brilliant bits more than make up for the weaker moments and this is a very good album.
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