Being described as somewhere between Connan Moccasin and Frank Ocean is no mean feat, with previous releases on XL through their Abeano sublabel and working projects Bee Eyes and Mind Slums Lex records have snapped the 26 year old Filipino up for a full length. Expect woozy guitars and weird and loved up lyrics sung in a tin can.
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The first Eyedress album 'Shapeshifter' was inexplicable but good. A wild veer across hip-hop, jangle pop, Prince-like funk tomfoolery and Dilla beats. Anything went in the world of Idris Vicuña it seemed. Now hotly signed to Lex he has issued a follow up which follows the same woozy almost cobbled together sounding oevre veering from hip-hop influenced mash ups to straight ahead indie rock. Like 'Shapeshifter' it takes a few tracks before he finds his feat and like 'Shapeshifter' its an indie rock tune that catches my ear, 'Big Shoes' is a lovely breeze of jangling charm. Connan Moccasin has been mentioned as a comparison and these dreamy tracks have a very similar feel to his 'Forever Dolphin Love'.
It's a lovely sound and normally the sort of thing that I lap up like a dog wolfing down a bowl of minced morsels. I'm not sure what is stopping me completely connecting fully. It could be the loose sprawling structures of the songs but I think the main issue is that so many people are using this sound at the moment from Ducktails to Homeshake and it's starting to reach some kind of overkill. The album just lacks something along the way - too much wooze not enough hooks perhaps. It's an enjoyable trip though and I'm going to give it more ear time before a full decision but for the time being file under hazy but frustrating.
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