Eyeless In Gaza ‎– Saw You In Reminding Pictures

Hive-Arc Records ‎– HIVE-ARC 015, Hive-Arc Records ‎– Hive-ARC 015
CD, Album, Limited Edition

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1 Book 2:15
2 Full Beautiful 7:20
3 Wild Flower 2:35
4 Reminding Pictures 3:40
5 Mock Sun 3:35
6 Orchard And Brandy 3:30
7 All Yr Pages 2:30
8 Streets I Ran 3:36
9 Cornish Claw 2:10
10 Day Screaming Reminiscence
Guitar – Pete Becker*Percussion – Martyn Bates
11 Sennen Cove Cliff Path 2:50
12 Sea Bed #2 2:23
13 Lizard 3:25
14 Drive The Nail Thru The Snake 3:00
15 Many 2:00
16 Brilliant Blue 3:10
17 Hunger Song 5:50
18 Dwell 2:20

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  • Composed By, Tape [Tapes And Manipulation], Bass, Drums, Percussion, Voice, Keyboards, Other [Pixiephone], Other [Echoplex/Copicat], Producer, EngineerPete Becker*
  • Composed By, Voice, Keyboards [Toy], Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Banjo, Tape, Organ [Pump Organ], ProducerMartyn Bates
  • Photography ByElizabeth S, Oleksa Becker


Limited hand numbered edition of 1000.
"This collection of (mostly) improvised pieces recorded live at Ambivalent Scale Studios, Feb/March 1994. Imaginary soundtracks, soundscapes for the reminding pictures in us."

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  • Matrix / Runout: HIVE-ARC015 60978XK1

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HIVE-ARC 015 Eyeless In Gaza Saw You In Reminding Pictures(CD, Album, Promo, 1st) Hive-Arc Records HIVE-ARC 015 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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May 21, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
EYELESS IN GAZA seem to keep reinventing themselves. From early, quirky rhythm - box - Wasp - and - guitar alternative poppiness with a passion almost incandescent, through a happy Indie Pop which almost brought them commercial success (appearing on Saturday morning Children's TV, supporting DEPECHE MODE on tour) through quiet Winter years to re-emerge as a smooth, warm Soul-Jazz Easy Listening group ("Fabulous Library") back once more to experimentalism. We haven't seen many strictly structured songs come from them in some years now, as they have now chosen a looser, more exploratory approach which embraces a sound-style as wide-reaching as REICH / GLASS / RILEY to the mood territory covered by the PROJEKT label and groups like VIDNA OBMANA & VOICE OF EYE, with tints of people like NICO. But EIG are no copyists, and having the maturity of some year with them, have taken in so many influences and ideas that they are now dilute and diffuse, assimilated into a style which is unlike anyone else (for no-one else has BATES' voice).
From gradually shifting structures which have form but not exactly rhythm; through Folk Dreamtime meanderings (you can hear traces of the wonderful "Murder Ballads" still tinting MARTYN's voice, needing little backing to have maximum impact); visiting occasionally discordant eyots (brash crashing cymbal-work and bashing guitar); through meticulously played sequencing (no lazy button-pressing programming here - the repetitive nature of sequencing given a new breath of life with the imperfections of even the best real-time playing) to soft lullabyes with BATES' often ethereal voice fx'd and muted into another, almost phlegmy instrument.

BECKER & BATES keep running further & further to get away from their early Eighties sound. The music varies from solumn but dreamy ballads to meandering improv jaunts. In the Grand Race Of Time, those who joined at the starting line often fall away by a natural process - supergroups of the 70's and 80's are now almost laughable (think DURAN DURAN and SPANDAU BALLET with their 'New Romantic' gear and posturing, and KAJAGOOGOO - who were the Teenies delight at one time) so it's to be assumed that all but the most mighty cease to exist as tastes change. EYELESS, although not in the same league, of course, have, instead of letting attrition eat away at their credibility, burnt their bridges and built new (or is it old) ones. While the fanbase - if there is such a thing - will probably be smaller than when they were powering out the likes of "Welcome Now" and "New Risen", they now have an older, less fickle, more mature and enduring following. And, what's more, even if the smily tone has left MARTYN's voice, you kinda get the impression thet they're enjoying themselves. So long may they continue to do so.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.