It follows, then, that despite their aesthetic, musical and even geographic differences, we see little need to separate Cathode Ray Eyes (easily identified as the solo project of The Cult of Dom Keller‘s Ryan DelGaudio). exploring the stranger realms of musical persuasion, not so much opening the doors of perception in the listener as they do forcefully and purposely push the listener through said doors – administering the aural equivalent of Ludovico technique for the third eye.
On “The Life and Death of Cathode Ray Eyes,” we’re treated to a feverish storm of ideas and atmospheres, resulting in an album that progresses as naturally as a stream of consciousness. Indeed, the songs of “Life and Death” don’t feel so much written as they do transferred through a series of fever-dreams – visionary psychedelic sounds as dream journal.
Death, resurrection, madness, burials – all are fodder for the vision shot through this Cathode Ray, which should come as little surprise for anyone familiar with the rituals of Eyes’ primary Cult (a cult that has thus far conjured three absolutely essential EP’s and is readying the release of a full-length album, following which – we’re relatively certain it is confirmed by modern science – the sun will swallow the earth).
It’s a heady trip, one deep into DelGaudio’s dream world, sounding imbued with equal parts quiet, confident cosmic consciousness and a barely suppressed, echoing inner-scream at being trapped within the hallways of the unknown.
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