Radar Eyes by Radar Eyes on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chicago’s Radar Eyes are equal parts jangle-pop, shoegaze, psychedelia, and garage. If that’s not tantalizing enough for you, we also point out a few (albeit brief) moments of gritty punk edge, which erupt at critical moments on this debut full-length. The quartet excels at atmospheric constructs, layering glinting, gurgling keyboard notes over billowing My Bloody Valentine guitar washes, weaving reverb-dipped guitar jangle into an ominous bass line, and topping churchly, ‘60s-flavored organs with crisp tambourine notes and thumping floor toms. Opening with the rousing stomper “In Love,” the record moves through poppier terrain on “Miracle” and “I Am” (a tune deftly blending pop and shoegaze), barrels through garage-punk fumes on tracks like “Bear Bee” and “Secrets,” and brings on a Brian Jonestown Massacre daze with “Disconnection” and “Summer Chills.” Radar Eyes set the wayback machine to “gloom” on the album closer, “Side of the Road,” evoking both Ian Curtis and Suicide; the tune is a fine, dramatic exit from 35 minutes of exquisitely balanced melodic haze and feral rock ’n’ roll.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chicago’s Radar Eyes are equal parts jangle-pop, shoegaze, psychedelia, and garage. If that’s not tantalizing enough for you, we also point out a few (albeit brief) moments of gritty punk edge, which erupt at critical moments on this debut full-length. The quartet excels at atmospheric constructs, layering glinting, gurgling keyboard notes over billowing My Bloody Valentine guitar washes, weaving reverb-dipped guitar jangle into an ominous bass line, and topping churchly, ‘60s-flavored organs with crisp tambourine notes and thumping floor toms. Opening with the rousing stomper “In Love,” the record moves through poppier terrain on “Miracle” and “I Am” (a tune deftly blending pop and shoegaze), barrels through garage-punk fumes on tracks like “Bear Bee” and “Secrets,” and brings on a Brian Jonestown Massacre daze with “Disconnection” and “Summer Chills.” Radar Eyes set the wayback machine to “gloom” on the album closer, “Side of the Road,” evoking both Ian Curtis and Suicide; the tune is a fine, dramatic exit from 35 minutes of exquisitely balanced melodic haze and feral rock ’n’ roll.

TITLE TIME
2:25
2:10
3:03
3:14
3:39
4:32
4:08
4:33
2:46
2:54
3:32

About Radar Eyes

Blending elements of '60s psychedelic and garage, '70s art rock, and '80s new wave and post-punk, Radar Eyes crafts a modern noise pop sound all their own. Guitarist/singers Nathan Luecking and Anthony Cozzi, along with drummer Shelley Zawadzki, previously of noise punkers Night of the Hunter, formed the band in Chicago in late 2007 along with bassist Kenny Rasmussen, previously of No Funeral (though Luecking and Rasmussen have since left the band, replaced by guitarist Russ Calderwood and bassist Lucas Sikorski). Their first release, a self-titled cassette EP, arrived March 2010 for Plustapes, followed later that year and the next fall, respectively, by a pair of singles on HoZac. Radar Eyes' self-titled full-length was released on HoZac in February 2012. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • FORMED
    2007

Top Songs

Top Albums

Listeners Also Played