Eyemouth – Cut

We will admit straight away that we are not sure if our words can do justice to and truly convey the creative realm and dark majesty which breeds the sound of Swedish band Eyemouth but they can certainly reveal the striking and thrilling effect their new EP had on ears and the imagination.

The Cut EP is quite simply superb, an adventure into the compelling world of one of the world’s truly unique propositions. We first came across and were seduced by the rarefied invention of Gothenburg hailing Eyemouth through their third and fourth EPs, Noera Genesis and The Flood. Each provided a journey into the unknown as captivating as it was disorientating, a creative adventure continued through debut album A Newly Planted Grain in 2017 and the Spiral EP two years later. We shamefully admit we managed to miss both encounters and can only say it has to have been to our major loss going by the magnificence of Cut.

Eyemouth consists of Marcus Lilja and Joakim Åberg, the band deriving in 2014 from the demise of Estrange and includes Dark Abstract in its member’s history. As suggested it is hard to accurately expose the creative palette to the Eyemouth sound. There is an electronic breeding which entangles with classic, atmospheric and psychedelic nurtured rock as well as a dark folk and occult scented imagination at play but that still only conjures certain aspects of a sound at a new high within the new Eyemouth offering. With four tracks making up its body, each a tale in sound, word, and intimation, Cut is pure fascination which entangles ears as it dances with the imagination; emotions just as easily caught in its dark and at times demonic embrace.

The EP begins its captivation with A life of its own, the track emerging on a sonic shimmer which within a few breaths is already casting a sinister edge to its atmospheric expansion. The magnetic presence of the band’s vocals is as potent as ever, again a harmonic dexterity accompanied by a more primal fringe. As the sonic winds build, a compelling cacophony of sound and suggestion brews, darkness a cloud of emotive intimation within the rich array of diverse ethnic instrumentation, including the bagpipes of Per Stjernkvist, making up the fixation.

Stay quiet is all there is to it follows, shaman drumming enticing attention with controlled but magnetic resonation as again darker hues erupt and interrupt the track’s emerging climate that itself tenebrific. Similarly vocals bring a fusion of shaded and darker intimation. All the while, the track wormed into the psyche like a hungry threat to eventually brew and erupt in a throbbing infestation aided by the guest drums of Håkan Aspnäs, before folk lilted vocals accompanied by an infectious canter rise up within the senses enveloping atmospheric corruption.

Both tracks are sheer captivation for ears, attention and a premise evoking imagination; all swiftly seduced again by At the opening of the gate. Stygian hues once more immediately challenge thought, the declaration of vocals soon escalating the creative weave as melody kindled and electronically summoned sounds share virulent flirtation. With those vocals just as magnetic and another spectrum of instruments colouring the instinctive imagination, the song simply enslaved and in quick time, emerged one of the best things heard here in recent years. As within every track, every second brings a seed for unpredictable enterprise and pleasure with every syllable another spark for the listener’s thoughts.

The album closes out with To open up the skin, a Tartarean glimpse upon the real world seemingly under scrutiny and manipulation of otherworldly protagonists. Melody and harmony unite in a warm comforting hug within a portentous sonic incantation, the crepuscular atmosphere darkening and becoming more leaden and overwhelming until the final melodic sigh.

It is a magnificent end to a glorious release which again we suggest is like nothing you will have explored before. Eyemouth have teased and warranted the biggest attention for a far while now, the Cut EP now demands it.

Cut is out now; available @   https://eyemouth.bandcamp.com/album/cut

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Pete RingMaster 18/04/2020

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Eyemouth – The Flood

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The final day of 2015 saw the release of The Flood, the new EP from Swedish band Eyemouth, and the final instalment of their intent to release a quartet of EPs across last year. As its predecessors, the five track proposition is an electronic adventure for ears and imagination spun in a tapestry as raw as it is melodically seductive and as emotionally magnetic as it is thematically tempestuous. Our introduction to Eyemouth came with their excellent previous encounter Noera Genesis and there is nothing about The Flood to dampen our appetite for their compelling sound and invention.

The origins of the Göteborg hailing Eyemouth begin in 2011 with synth band Estrange and a collection of songs bred from and with a different approach to previous tracks from the Swedish band. Later that year Estrange became Eyemouth as the music continued to evolve, the likes of shaman drumming, vibraphone, tuba, and trombone being added to the expanding exploration within the band’s “more organic and instrumental direction.” It was March 2015 though, when the band’s debut release was unveiled, the Black and Blue Latitudes EP soon sparking keen attention escalated further by its successor Non Compos Mentis in June and the following Noera Genesis last September. As mentioned the final breath of last year gave up The Flood, a fourth creative tempting of light and dark textures which simply grows in ears and emotions with every passing listen.

As its predecessors, The Flood is a fusion of varied rock imagination and post rock ambience upon an electronic landscape, and as those before, a release hard to truly pin down in sound but easy to be enthralled by and lost within as shamanic rhythms alongside haunting melodies and vocals shape a tapestry of contrasting and increasingly alluring textures. It begins with I Am Never and an electronic web of pulses and punchy beats covered in welcoming yet dark lures of brass. Swiftly the quartet of Marcus Lilja, David Lilja, Tove Ekman, and Joakim Åberg has ears stirred and attention drawn, the first tempting of vocals rich enticement within the eighties hued scenery building the expanding landscape of the song. A noir colouring and expression to the encounter equally grows, especially as the quaint yet dramatic suggestiveness of the mellotron spreads across the still minimalistic but increasingly volatile exploration.

The track makes for a gripping start which only blossoms further in ears with each listen, a quality all tracks carry as shown by Pendulum. The second song also makes a low key entrance but is quick with its creative and provocative drama as that ever present tribal underbelly of rhythms and percussion cores a spreading charm of melodic and harmonic warmth aligned to melancholic beauty. Things only get richer and more unpredictable too of course; grainy industrial essences colluding with poetic folkishness and poppy rock bred imagination within the absorbing flight of sound and word.

The mellotron led visual curiousness of brief instrumental Necessitarianism follows before Away serenades the senses and thoughts with its classical keys and organic shanty like shuffle of voice and reflective melodies. An exotic air also pervades the song, a breeze blowing in varying strengths throughout the whole album where santur and accordion amongst other elements colour the unique hearts and characters of tracks and themes.

From one riveting offering to another as To Go brings The Flood to a potent close, its bewitching presence another aural fascination which is part folk song, part sea shanty, and all impressive imagination where finding new nuances and pleasures is a perpetual reward with every listen.

As Noera Genesis there is a cinematic quality to The Flood too and a ghostly air across its creative and evocative exploits which only adds to its rich and increasingly potent lure. Eyemouth are inventive drama and dark beauty for the eyes and one of Europe’s exciting emerging adventures.

The Flood EP is out now via most major online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 04/01/2016

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