Hilly Eye - Reasons To LiveLP
DON GIOVANNI RECORDS. Noisy guitars, floating harmonies, and tight, angular drumming mark the debut full-length by Hilly Eye, the post-punk duo of Amy Klein (vox/guitar, formerly of TItus Andronicus) and Catherine Tung (vox/drums). From start to finish, Reasons to Live is a seamless stream of ethereal noise-rock minimalism and humming harmonies -- experiments with dissonance and tonality, drawing inspiration from the likes of Lightning Bolt to Japanese noise rock band Nisennenmondai to Sonic Youth, with free-noise moments reminiscent of early Boredoms. During songs like Amnesia, Kleins pristine vox soar high over careful, driving drums and perfect wooshes of shoegazey riffs, building with potential energy until they explode into a noisy wall of cathartic distortion. Elsewhere, complex layers of intricate drums weave through cyclical loops of guitar riffs and dueling shimmery harmonies, such as on the aptly titled Double Dutch. The full-length album sees a more expansive version of Jersey City, with Kleins vocals occasionally peaking into an fervent shout. The record closes with their previously released single Jacobs Ladder. Hilly Eyes sound is drawn from a distinctly post-riot-grrrl energy, expertly crafted by two musicians fully in command of their craft, with ears for dark, hypnotic dynamics.