UK duo Red Red Eyes release their debut long player (on all the important formats) on 18th May. The album is packed with cinematic drones and intricate twangs; a stylish shoegaze noir, or a Broadcast / Morricone / Gainsbourg soundtrack to an episode of Black Mirror.
Red Red Eyes are Laura McMahon and Xavier Watkins. While playing together in psychedelic outfit Violet Woods, they started working on McMahon’s songs, evoking the atmospheres of their shared cinematographic interests. The result is often dark and hypnotic, with McMahon’s (Betty & the Werewolves) soft vocals being echoed by Watkins’ (Fuzzy Lights) delicate guitar. Their first tape was released on Cambridge’s Meadows records on July 14, 2017. Horology was completed later in the year, and was quickly snapped up by London’s wiaiwya records (home of the Leaf Library, Freschard, the Great Electric and many many more).
If you like the idea of Tracey Thorn fronting the Banshees, Insides at their dreamiest, Pale Saints at their droniest, Lush at their spookiest, or Strawberry Switchblade at their most melancholy, then this might just be the album of your summer!
Seven amazing soundtracks: Dead Man (Neil Young) / Aguirre the wrath of god (Popol Vuh) / Anna (Gainsbourg) / The Good The Bad and The Ugly (Morricone) / Blow Up (Hancock) / Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Miles Davis) / Le Mépris (Georges Delerue)
"…observational, introspective and confessional pop coloured with a desceptively seductive indie-folk hue and sharpened with a compelling frankness and honestly to the bitter-sweet and dark lyrics… chronicling a thirty-something's problems, big and small… an album which wears its heart on its sleeve and which everyone owes it to themselves to at least listen too…"