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ALEC K. REDFEARN AND THE EYESORES

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THE EYESORES is the best known project of ALEC K REDFEARN, a Rhode Island songwriter/composer/musician (who primarily plays accordion). He was made the front man of the band with their third album, Every Man For Himself And God Against All. The band grows and shrinks with the needs of the various projects, but in general also includes OLIVIA GREIGOR on violin, MARGIE WEINK on vocals, cello, and double bass, ANN SCHATTLE on french horn, ERICA SCHATTLE on bassoon, DOMENICK PINZARELLA on guitar, and MATT MCLAREN on drums. REDFEARN himself is known for playing his accordion like a guitar (through the use of distortion, drone and noise).

The band started as an outlet for Redfearns more singer/songwriter material, but has grown far from these roots, and have since brought their music to film scores, theatrical performances, and dance troupes. They have released six albums to date, including two on Cuneiform records and one on North East Indie.

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Bent at the Waist
2002
5.00 | 1 ratings
Every Man For Himself and God Against All
2004
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Quiet Room
2005
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Smother Party
2006
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Blind Spot
2007
3.05 | 3 ratings
Sister Death
2012

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 Sister Death by REDFEARN AND THE EYESORES, ALEC K.  album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Sister Death
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars This is the seventh album from Alec and his band, who have been purveying their rather unique style of alternative music for more than ten years now. The music is complex and very different, grounded in his own accordion work, but somehow it is also easy to listen to with its' melodic nod back the era of psychedelia when anything was possible. To say that there is an eclectic mix of instrumentation is something of an understatement as the band deploy stand up bass, accordion, French horn, percussion, doumbek, organ, and electronics, among others. This really is music that refuses to be pigeonholed, with The Velvet Underground, Tom Waits and Frank Zappa just some of the obvious influences. The songs are all very different to each other, so while krautrock may have an effect on one song the next could well be from French café culture

There is no doubt that the discovery of Orion Rigel Dommisse has had a major effect on the band as her high clear vocals provide another facet to the experience, sometimes taking lead or harmonising with Alec her voice is a delight. Sadly, an album that contains this much depth and musical ability will be ignored by much of the mainstream and is unlikely to get the recognition it so richly deserves, especially as it refuses to sit in any particular category. But, if you enjoy 'good music' without worrying about what the label says on the packaging then you need to investigate this further. www.cuneiformrecords.com

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 The Blind Spot by REDFEARN AND THE EYESORES, ALEC K.  album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.33 | 3 ratings

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The Blind Spot
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by ShW1

3 stars I've got to know this ensemble a couple of years ago, while surfing at Cuneiform records website. And now they are on the archives, that's nice. The first impression that one can get from this music, is the refined sung melodies, and the accordion dominant sound and playing by Alec himself. Next, one can discover the other accompanied melodies supplied by an interesting instrumentation that contains acoustic bass, horn, some violins, drums and percussion, and more. This specific album is divided to short songs, many of them got an accordion repeating pattern that makes the song basis. It's got a minimalistic feel, not far from monotonous. However the middle section of the album is a nice twist, the atmosphere and the sound changed a bit to a more percussive background. My favorite songs come from that part toward the end, and include 'the Radiator hymn', 'the Burning hand', 'the Flesh of the drums' and 'Rising'. Female vocals are dominant here compare to the other songs, and the singers Ellen Santaniello, Orion Rigel Dommisse and Laura Gulley create some beautiful vocal lines. Sometimes they make the lead vocals, and sometimes canonize and make counterpoints to lead vocalist Alec Redfearn. Alec voice is less qualified than the female vocalists, and quite noodling and monotonous in my opinion. In fact he is more of a song-presenter than a true vocalist.

Another thing very worth mentioning is the excellent electronic work made by Frank Difficult, using various devices and electronic loops. There is a very good balance between the songs, and the few electronic passages. The album is ended by such a passage with some ambient sounds, in a hidden track.

In additions to the merits, I'll mention the sound and production, and the very good flow, which provide a true 'album treatment' and a good taste that will remain in your ears long after listening.

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