New album 'Horizons' out November 5th, stream the first single below
Norwegian psychedelic rock group Electric Eye are today announcing their fourth full-length ‘Horizons’ and sharing the first single ‘Den Atmosfæriske Elven’ (‘The Atmospheric River’). To quote the French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau, the inbound ‘Horizons’ LP – due out November 5th on Fuzz Club Records – sees Electric Eye venture into the depths of “a different kind of music, the sounds from the ocean floor.” Written over a week spent locked away from civilization in a lighthouse on the tiny Norwegian island of Utsira, guitarist/vocalist Øystein Braut says that ‘Horizons’ is a record “inspired by volcano eruptions, sub-sea adventures and the raw power of the surrounding sea.” Out today, you can stream ‘Den Atmosfæriske Elven’ below and pre-order the album here.
‘Den Atmosfæriske Elven’ took shape when the band were in the studio working on the lighthouse recordings and an ‘atmospheric river’ hit Bergen. Likened to rivers in the sky, atmospheric rivers are long corridors in the Earth’s atmosphere that can carry plumes of concentrated water vapour thousands of kilometres. Usually originating in the tropics, they can extend as far as Northern Europe and bring intense rainfall in their wake:
“It was an intense experience to be at the receiving end of this heavy rainfall transported to us from the tropics. ‘Den Atmosfæriske Elven’ is us trying to embody the atmospheric river flowing from the Caribbean across the Atlantic before hitting Bergen, Norway with full force. The funky drum grooves, heavy-riffing fuzzed guitars and shimmering organs were jammed through the FX at the hand of our producer Sir Duperman, where his analogue phasers, tape echo machines and harmonizers toy with the fabric of time itself.”
Since forming in 2012, Electric Eye have released three studio albums (most recently, the critically acclaimed 2017 LP ‘From The Poisonous Tree’) and toured heavily around Scandinavia, Europe, the UK, the Middle East, Japan and the US. They’ve shared stages with the likes of Michael Rother (Neu), Wire, Hawkwind and Endless Boogie and played at a number of international festivals, including Roskilde, The Great Escape, Eurosonic, Icelandic Airwaves and two stops at SXSW.
Returning to London-based label Fuzz Club for the ‘Horizons’ LP, Electric Eye first started working on the new album back in June 2018 when they retreated to Utsira, a small island located 70km off the coast of Norway and surrounded by notoriously unpredictable and tough waters. Here, they spent a week jamming day and night in the island’s lighthouse:
“Our only audience were the seagulls and some lost bird-watchers wondering where these strange noises were coming from. We were surrounded by an unusually quiet ocean, almost eyeballing us waiting for the next eruption. The wild nature was omnipresent and could not be ignored as jam sessions got more intense and songs started to materialise. After a week off the grid we returned to civilization with hours of recordings inspired by volcano eruptions, sub-sea adventures and the raw power of the surrounding sea.”
Back in their home-city of Bergen, Electric Eye brought the lighthouse tapes into Duper Studio with their long-time collaborator and “guiding star”, Sir Duperman (aka Jørgen Træen): “The legendary studio of Duper turned into an instrument of its own, with Captain Træen steering massive modular synthesizers, cassette decks, tape echo machines and vintage equalizing filters – leading us, his crew, to distant sonic underwater shores not unlike the ship Calypso under the guidance of Captain Cousteau.”