Norwegian psychedelic rock group Electric Eye are today sharing ‘Put The Secret In Your Pocket’, the second single to be lifted from their new ‘Horizons’ LP that’s due out November 5th on Fuzz Club. To quote the French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau, ‘Horizon’ sees Electric Eye venture into the depths of “a different kind of music, the sounds from the ocean floor.” Written over a week spent locked away from civilization in a lighthouse on the tiny Norwegian island of Utsira, guitarist/vocalist Øystein Braut says that ‘Horizons’ is a record “inspired by volcano eruptions, sub-sea adventures and the raw power of the surrounding sea.” Arriving following recent single ‘Den Atmosfaeriske Elven’, you can stream ‘Put The Secret In Your Pocket’ here: electric-eye.lnk.to/secret
At times, the ‘Horizons’ LP isn’t just conceptually rooted in the awe-inspiring power of the natural world but is also driven by a frustration at humanity’s attempts to destroy it in the name of profit. On the new single out today, the band said: “‘A transcendence, without self-attendance’. Put The Secret in Your Pocket points a finger at the fast-track and so-called simple solutions to existential challenges delivered by profit-fueled industries with nothing but their own gains in mind. Finding inspiration in the progressive instrumental music of Swedish 70s multi-instrumentalist Bo Hansson, we made use of instruments like the pedal-steel guitar, Moog synthesizers and auto harp to add a more jazzy vibe to the Electric Eye sound.”
Since forming in 2012, Electric Eye have released three studio albums (most recently, the critically acclaimed 2017 LP ‘From The Poisonous Tree’) and toured heavily around Scandinavia, Europe, the UK, the Middle East, Japan and the US. They’ve shared stages with the likes of Michael Rother (Neu), Wire, Hawkwind and Endless Boogie and played at a number of international festivals, including Roskilde, The Great Escape, Eurosonic, Icelandic Airwaves and two stops at SXSW.
Returning to London-based label Fuzz Club for the ‘Horizons’ LP, Electric Eye first started working on the new album back in June 2018 when they retreated to Utsira, a small island located 70km off the coast of Norway and surrounded by notoriously unpredictable and tough waters. Here, they spent a week jamming day and night in the island’s lighthouse:
“Our only audience were the seagulls and some lost bird-watchers wondering where these strange noises were coming from. We were surrounded by an unusually quiet ocean, almost eyeballing us waiting for the next eruption. The wild nature was omnipresent and could not be ignored as jam sessions got more intense and songs started to materialise. After a week off the grid we returned to civilization with hours of recordings inspired by volcano eruptions, sub-sea adventures and the raw power of the surrounding sea.”
Back in their home-city of Bergen, Electric Eye brought the lighthouse tapes into Duper Studio with their long-time collaborator and “guiding star”, Sir Duperman (aka Jørgen Træen): “The legendary studio of Duper turned into an instrument of its own, with Captain Træen steering massive modular synthesizers, cassette decks, tape echo machines and vintage equalizing filters – leading us, his crew, to distant sonic underwater shores not unlike the ship Calypso under the guidance of Captain Cousteau.”