(the eyes don't have earlids)

by Campbell and Meek (UK/NZ)

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Side A recorded in Leeds and Wellington, 2017.

Side B recorded in Todmorden, 2016.

Artwork by Jake Blanchard.

Sixnoises: "Recorded in NZ and the UK, (the eyes don’t have earlids) sees Meek collaborating with West Yorkshire experimental musician Neil Campbell (Vibracathedral Orchestra, Astral Social Club etc). Like many long-running musicians with an interest in improvised compositions, Campbell’s produced an extensive catalogue of solo and collaborative releases — although I’m really only familiar with his work under those aforementioned monikers.
That’s okay, though. Because there’s a touch of Vibracathedral Orchestra’s psychedelic drone in the lengthy tracks that Campbell and Meek craft on (the eyes don’t have earlids). “Lit from Underneath” is a gurgling fun-fair drone with glitching sci-fi electronics and telegraphed code embedded in the mix. Follow-up, “Dirty Snowball”, is ear-piercing in parts, and the track flits from shimmering to stabbing, emphasising that the background musical movements throughout are just as important as any upfront noise.
The album’s last transcendent track, “Golden Lion”, is a 20-minute drone blizzard. It’s washed-out and blissed-out, and the track echos with abrading yet somehow still embracing electronics. “Golden Lion” works its way towards a nerve-twisting peak, and if you can hang on during its undulating latter-half, you’ll love the rest of (the eyes don’t have earlids). I know I sure did."

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released April 28, 2017

Neil Campbell - guitar, electronics
Noel Meek - electronics

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