Friday Song: Eyeless In Gaza

One of the most unique and under-the-radar bands from the 80’s were a UK duo called “Eyeless In Gaza” after the Aldous Huxley novel. Their sound almost defies description and was too outre for even the eclectic 4AD. “Postpunked” on his youtube channel aptly calls EIG “post-punk, electrified, modulated & oscillated.” Martyn Bates and Peter Becker created short sonic blasts of improvised keyboards, drums and vocals that never carried a familiar pattern of rhythm and melody. I can’t say I like all their songs, but there’s something raw, bright, poetic, and autumnal about the music. It’s the soundtrack for walking in silhouette before barley fields, leafy trees and dusky streetlights. Here’s a rare video for “New Risen” from their 1983 pop-driven classic, “Rust Red September.”

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