Circuit Des Yeux's 'Brainshift' Holds A Disorienting Mirror To Humanity

Nov 6, 2017

Haley Fohr meditates on existence with telescopic ears and eyes. In the decade since she began Circuit Des Yeux, Fohr has mapped herself onto a world alone, seeking connection through music that rumbles in tandem with her oaken baritone.

You can list off the genres that are stitched throughout Circuit Des Yeux — dark folk, post-rock, noise, minimalism, psychedelic and ambient — and still never quite pinpoint the center. This holds especially true on Reaching For Indigo, her sixth album under this moniker and first since last year's cocaine-dealing cowboy alter-ego project, Jackie Lynn.

"Brainshift" opens the record quietly, with organ and synthetic choral voices, almost like an invocation. But instead of calling upon God for a blessing, Fohr asks humanity to examine its meaning: "The world wants an oath, but all you can say is / 'I promise to take up space / I can only promise to take up space.'"

The video, directed by self-described A/V manipulator brownshoesonly, is a disorienting but existential mirror to that humanity, featuring Fohr's face processed through sound waves, purple lines squiggling in a frenzy to the track's clustered horn arrangement.

Reaching For Indigo is out now via Drag City. Circuit Des Yeux goes on tour beginning Nov. 10.

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