EYELIDS – ” A Colossal Waste of Light “

Posted: January 5, 2023 in MUSIC

On their 4th full-length album (but 17th vinyl offering if you include previous 7”s and EPs) the Portland, OR band rediscover the beauty of firsts.

A Colossal Waste of Light” marks the first time the band wrote songs remotely (“it ended up being fun & weird to send out a very simple version of a song and see who came back first with another part for it”, John Moen looks back), their first reunion at the Destination: Universe studio post-isolation, and their first batch of melodious new tunes since “The Accidental Falls”, the band’s 2020 project with poet, lyricist and Tim Buckley collaborator Larry Beckett (an extra-ordinary pairing that allowed Eyelids’ two frontmen/tunesmiths, Chris Slusarenko and John Moen, to find a new, multilayered appreciation for the art of songcraft).

“A Colossal Waste of Light” is the first Eyelids album to feature new bass player Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven, Monks of Doom). The artistry he brings to the songs is seasoned and fresh in equal measure. Alongside Jonathan Drews’ expressive yet mysteriously ethereal guitar playing and Paulie Pulvirenti’s imaginative and powerful drumming, the finished LP is the perfect summation of Eyelids’ new and old ways of collaborating together.

“ACWOL frames Eyelids as one of today’s most compelling purveyors of lopsided guitar pop workouts and earworm- laden vocal melodies.”

Every track feels like its own journey and having songs from two songwriters at the top of their game makes for a most dynamic, immersive narrative as their songs follow one another throughout. As a whole, it’s thrilling, moving, mercurial, absorbing, soothing, and unmistakably Eyelids.

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