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“Just heard this astonishing f***ing genius pop song ‘Wild Beasts’ by Apple Eyes…”

- Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

Apple Eyes began as the brainchild of London-based vocalist Claire Hadidjenar and producer Matthew Walker. Combining intricate electronic flourishes, rich layered harmonies and any instrument they can lay their hands on and learn to play, Apple Eyes’ songs are catchy slices of pop on the surface, but scratch a little deeper and they reveal a twisting underbelly of shifting time signatures and off-kilter chord progressions. Shortly after recording their first song together, ‘Wild Beasts’, they began to attract the attention of BBC 6Music DJ Tom Robinson, who went on to play every song the band has recorded and has since become a great supporter.

Claire Hadidjenar (lead vocals / synth) was born in Indonesia and spent most of her childhood in Hamburg, where she learnt piano and violin, before making the move to Manchester at the age of 16. She brings this same spirit to Apple Eyes, creating music that’s never content to stay in one place for too long. After moving South to university she met Matthew Walker (bass / vocals) and the pair quickly realised they shared musical tastes – among them Phoenix, Flaming Lips, Cornelius, Bat for Lashes, Deerhoof and Elliott Smith.

After spending a few months writing and recording, Apple Eyes started to put together a band to play live and they enlisted the help of friends and musical kindred-spirits Kenny Lee (guitar) and Edd Billig. Tragically, Edd passed away in June 2010 and the band never performed with this line up.

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