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The Exploding Eyes Orchestra: I

What started as a pastime for Jess and the Ancient Ones guitarist and songwriter and brilliantly named Thomas Corpse has morphed into an actual band: The Exploding Eyes Orchestra which employs of five out of seven Jess and the Ancient Ones members. Quite what the other two think is open to conjecture. The album is taken from lengthy recording sessions held in Kuopio, Finland in the winter of 2013 and 2014, and these sessions also produced another album's worth of material, which will see the light of day on the next release sometime in 2016. Brilliantly, this will be called II.

Vocalist Jasmin Saarela is present and correct on I and dominates proceedings although the lo-fi nature of the recordings possibly takes a little bit away from her pretty primal vocals but there are moments here which are spellbindingly beautiful such as the tremendous "Crazy Heart" which is a song I have returned to over and over again since getting the album. As with Jess and the all-important Ancient Ones this is not metal, it isn't jazz, it isn't classic rock but it is eclectic and well worth anybody's time and if you've ever wondered what the Doors would sound like led by a woman then look no further than "My Father The Wolf".

Track Listing:
01 The Smoke
02 Crazy Heart
03 My Father The Wolf
04 Drawing Down The West
05 Two-Zero 13
06 Black Hound
07 Farewell to All-In-One

Added: August 15th 2015
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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