Electric Eye’s highly anticipated full-length debut is finally set for release by their native Klangkollektivet Records, as well as international distribution by Fuzz Club Records on April 5, 2013
The super group quartet, Electric Eye, opens up a new chapter in Norway’s strong and long lasting tradition for psychedelic music. Spacerock, inspired by blues, India and the ever-expanding boundaries of the great unknown, are key components in Electric Eyes sonic landscape. The album will serve to showcase, for the first time, the talents of seasoned musicians (Øystein Braut, guitarist of The Alexandria Quartet; Njaal Clementsen of Bergen noise-rockers The Megaphonic Thrift and Low Frequency in Stereo; underground studio-guru and guitarist in art-rocker act, Hypertext, Anders Bjelland; and Jazz/Noise/Drone-drummer, Øyvind Hegg-Lunde)
The A-side of Pick-up, Lift-off, Space, Time features only three songs, which together form the albums most «trippy» parts. The kraut-inspired single “Tangerine” concludes the first part of the record with nine-minutes of pure dynamic and monotony. The song, which begins with the sound of the sitar and drone instrument Tanpura, ends in a cacophony of sound, bongo drums applied through a Roland Space Echo, screaming organs and tremolo-ridden guitars. While the B-side is a bit more up-tempo, and makes use of more classical song structures, before the album fades out into the self-titled tune “Electric Eye”, a duet with The Megaphonic Thrift’s lead singer, Richard Myklebust.
The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips, Pink Floyd in Pompeii and The Flaming Lips “Embryonic” are all references for Electric Eye’s catchy clash of Psychedelia and krautrock. Whereas other Norwegian psychedelic acts have aspired to perfect the shoegaze-style, this band has more edge, attitude and defined melodies. This places them closer to the more recent neo-psychedelic-scene, spearheaded by The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols in the nineties. This particular branch has little in common with hippie-bands and flower power, or newer psychedelics fascination with pastel-colors. Neo-psych combines a darker expression, lots of reverb, fuzz-guitars and jam-based music. Electric Eye borrows freely from the different psychedelic decades, combining their key elements into a unique mix of psychedelic space rock and blues.
Pick-up, Lift-off, Space, Time!
released 05 April 2013
Produced and performed by Electric Eye
Mixed by Anders Bjelland at Tinnitus Recordings, Bergen, Norway
Mastered by Jørgen Træen at Duper Studios, Bergen, Norway
Cover Design by Robert Høyem / www.attheends.com
Additional vocals on The Road, Kruskontroll and Electric Eye by Richard Myklebust (The Megaphonic Thrift)
Made with support from Bergen Kommune and Ujevnt Bar, Bergen.
Electric Eye play droned out psych-rock inspired by the blues, India and the ever more expanding universe. On the bands inspirational mix tape, you will probably find songs from the The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips and Pink Floyd in Pompeii.