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Blending influences from '60s psychedelia, indie rock, and country-rock, Philly natives National Eye construct an album that's full of first-album innocence. What's most likely one of the most honest rock & roll records of 2003, Meter Glows reflects National Eye's effort in being intensely careful in crafting each song; each has its own thought, its own feeling, so that Meter Glows is matched in style and in substance. The band's tight vision of structured electronic samples, synth beats, pianos, and hushed vocals leads to a cohesive swarm of beautiful noise. From the gushing cling-clang of "Friday Afternoon Theem," to the dark whispers of "Dracula's Always With Me" and "Radium Glow," National Eye keeps a few things hidden. As much as Meter Glows is rich in instrumentation, the lyrics hit all parts of the emotional spectrum. Things might not be explicitly arranged in order for the listener to understand National Eye's message, however the band's desire to leave the listener thinking and wondering is what makes Meter Glows one of those treasured albums. It's a mind trip, not in the traditional sense, but in the way the gauzy atmospheric takes hold, National Eye touches upon what most would like to forget, while giving it a little TLC in the process.


Formed: 2002 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The lo-fi experimental outfit National Eye came together in 2002 while each member attended college in Colorado. Jeff Love, Doug Kirby, Richard Flom, and William Baggott were given a four-track recorder by a friend and almost immediately the foursome found themselves obsessed with it. Various noise collages and field tapings soon evolved into what was becoming a band. A move to Philadelphia solidified things somewhat; Gianmarco Cilli joined the quintet for the Project Project. Recording songs and...
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