Mercury nominated singer-songwriter Lou Rhodes’ fourth solo album “theyesandeye” will be released July 22 on Nude Records.Fans can pre-order their copy from and select from a CD, vinyl, or a deluxe CD with an exclusive slipcase. These CD’s will be numbered and personally signed to you or a loved one by Lou herself.
A mix of piano, harp, vocal layers and vintage reverb can be heard on the album. It includes her beautiful cover of the XX’s “Angels”. “I had a bunch of songs”, said Rhodes on her website “But I wasn’t sure which way to go with them. I had a gut feeling I wanted to experiment with a slightly psychedelic feel and, by chance, met up with Simon Byrt (the album’s co-producer) in a friend’s studio. It turned out that he has a strange passion for vintage spring and tape echoes and, before long, we’d decided to make a record together.”
It was recorded at Byrt’s studio in Bath, England, which is full of vintage desks, microphones and tape machines supplemented by Byrt’s own collection of reverb boxes.
The story behind the album’s title was based on Rhodes’ unique interpretation of a friend’s painting. “I’ve had a lifetime of being consumed by a kind of self-doubt and so, recently, I’ve been concentrating on keeping a positive frame of mind. Affirmation, I guess you’d call it. One day I was looking online at some art pieces a friend had mentioned and one painting was entitled ‘theeyestheysee’. My eyes saw ‘theyesandeye’ and it seemed to echo my new credo, a new default setting, and I decided it summed up the album pretty well,” she said.
Listen to the track “All the Birds” from Soundcloud below.
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Stacey Sobotka
Big Sonic Heaven Contributing Writer