03.04.2014 — “Lord Howe Rise” by cecilia::eyes


If you only listen to one song today, make it “Lord Howe Rise” by cecilia::eyes (2014, from the forthcoming album Disappearance).

cecilia::eyes is an instrumental post-rock/shoegaze quintet from Belgium. They founded in the autumn of 2004, and they’ve released two albums and a couple of EPs. They also have a brand new album —Disappearance— coming out later this month. This is the only song I’ve heard from the new album, but it promises to be great.

In fact, this is another one of the bands that I know absolutely nothing about. I only learned about them this morning as I was trying to find some new shoegaze-y stuff. According to their limited bio and all of their social media stuff, they’re influenced by the staggeringly proficient Japanese post-rock band Mono. It’s pretty clear to hear that in their music. It’s even clear to see that in the album artwork. The cover for the new cecilia::eyes record reminds me a bit of the cover of Mono’s Hymn to The Immortal Wind. I’m definitely into that.

Without further ado, here’s today’s song:

“Lord Howe Rise” by cecilia::eyes

I like how it begins as a dream pop song. Sort of ghostly and airy. Like something from the first Slowdive record. And it slowly and surely builds to something more noisy and dense. At 2:06, it takes a turn when the snare drum finally comes into play and one of the guitars gets much more to the front of the mix. The drums get busier and busier. What I really love, though, is the bit at about 5:10 when there’s a tiny little break and you think it might just take a couple of minutes to slowly and quietly wind down. Nope. Hell sort of breaks loose and it gets that warm, exciting post-rock buzz that’s really reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky.

If the rest of this album is as great as I think it might be, it should get into heavy rotation around here for quite a while.

The album will be released on March 25, and you can pre-order it in your choice of vinyl, CD, or digital. See their bandcamp page for more details.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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