Iridescent melodies tie the whole of Three Eye’s self-titled psychedelic electronics together. The inviting jubilant tracks draw from a wide swath of genres, from lo-fi hip-hop to techno to shoegaze all carefully blended together into a coherent whole. A narrative begins to form over the course of the album for he lets the beats and melodies take over, as they speak volumes. Chameleon like in its textural shifts they deliver such depth for the tracks contain multitudes.
With their relentless experimentation, they draw heavily from Autechre’s keen studious influences. Elements of their work too has an industrial metallic sheen to it with the beats also infused with a hint of melodic flourish. Beyond this the heavily layered dense works swirl about resulting in pieces of shoegaze entering the fray in a way that incorporates pieces of Seefeel. Just like Seefeel they too let the sound sort of roam, as it all washes over the listener in a joyful glow. By letting the songs take on a symphonic suite-like quality they aim for the hypnotic with melodies lingering in the mind long after they have ended.
A toy-box melody gives the opener “The Value of Nothing” a sense of wonder. Languid beats hit with great affect as the languid pacing feels perfect. Trip-hop beats reminiscent of Boards of Canada’s yearning nostalgia comes into the fray on the lovely tender textures of “Tenebrous Bump”. Various melodic flourishes also recall early 90s UK IDM for there is a hint of the regal. Fantastic with its frenzied buildup is the sheer sugar-coated rush of “Death As a Current Event”. Keeping steady “Things to Consider…” opts for the meditative with many different beats folding and unfolding into each other giving it a geometric quality.
“Fingers in the Eyes” goes for a multi-synth stab with a track that radiates such grandeur. By far the highlight of the album comes from the sprawling bliss of “6 Foot Reverie”. Here the usage of ambience with a hint of the theatrical makes it a beguiling piece of thoughtful pop. Bouncy beats guide “Tempted by Diffidence!” forward in a fantastically playful way as sounds skitter about. Going for a fiery flow “Return from Without (The Value of Nothing, Pt. 2) [feat. Sabelo Cyprian]” stuns with its poignant lyricism. Nicely summarizing all that came before it the triumphant “Apostatic Communion” brings the album to a contemplative close.
Three Eyes delivers bright bursts of emotional electronic experimentation on the dazzling display on their self-titled album.