EYE
(Second Sight)
2015
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Psychedelic rock, Prog-rock, Space rock
Sounds Like:
Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, Moon Duo
Our eyes and ears recently have been opened up to some new intense psych rock thanks to The Obelisk All-Dayer this Saturday in Brooklyn, NY. From Ohio, welcome EYE and their highly underappreciated 2013 album Second Sight. Where do we begin describing the album, for one, it’s an original modern day array of 60s and 70s inspired prog rock with a ton of psychedelics thrown in. If you love the exploration of King Crimson, the psychedelics of Hawkwind or even the modern day psyche of Moon Dou, than we have no doubt this is for you.

What are the highlights of Second Sight?
The first track “Lost are the Years” runs at an impressive 21:24 minutes. You may think that’s rather long for an opening track and while it may be long, the track is extremely entertaining. Be patient with the first few minutes and let this one breathe, you will find yourself absolutely consumed. This song travels through so many roads of psyche and prog rock, its sounds like five songs in one. It’s a brilliant track that shows the bands’ patience and willingness to explore. “Cultrider” has some very dark and steady bass work as it incorporates a prog/spacerock vibe and the Deep Purple-like synths are tremendous. The last cut “Waiting for the Tide” is a blissful meandering affair. It’s peaceful nature and lyrics will lift you spirits and brighten your day, taking us out on a good note.

How is the production value?

The production will transport you back to the golden age of prog rock, it’s an impressive recording since it was self-produced, written and recorded by EYE.

How is the vocal performance?
The various vocal styles are trippy, lofty and slightly echoed at times. Although they are not the primary focus on the album, when they arrive it feels special, we find ourselves wanting a bit more. They definitely compliment that psyche/prog rock aura.

Does the album art reflect the music?
Yes indeed, the art has a throwback feel to the 60 and 70s prog rock era.

Does EYE have other albums worth checking out?

Yes they do, after listening to this one, check out 2011’s Center of the Sun and their live album Live at Relay, where the sound quality is excellent.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Wells Banana Bread Beer. A very smooth brew with a wonderful aroma of banana bread and the taste of bananas and the hint of caramel will arouse the taste buds.

What are our final thoughts about Second Sight?

EYE has invigorated our love of the prog rock genre and we find ourselves engrossed in this album and their others as well. They have become a mainstay in our rotation plus we are beyond stoked to catch these guys in action at The Obelisk All-Dayer Saturday in Brooklyn, NY. - 8/18/2016

Band Members:
Matt Bailey: Bass
Matt Auxier: Lead Electric Guitars, Moog FX, Mellotron, Voices
Adam Smith: Organ, Mellotron, 6 & 12 String Guitars, ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, & Moog Synthesizers, 8-Track tapes, Percussion, Voices
Brandon Smith: Drums, Gongs, Bells, Chimes, Congas, Percussion, Voices

Guest Musicians:
Amy Michele Hoffman: Voices
Anthony Jacobs: Percussion & Voices

Tracklist:
Lost are the Years (21:23)
Wooden Nickels (3:08)
Cultrider (11:21)
Second Sight (4:20)
Waiting for the Tide (4:39)

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