Today we have the privilege of sharing an early stream of ‘Night Eyez‘ the debut full-length album from Wisconsin-based experimental psychedelic/electronic music project NIGHT EYEZ which releases this Friday, March 18th on Vinyl, Compact Disc, and Digitally by way of the artist’s own label Bright as Night Records. The sole efforts of musician Jason Hartman (Vanishing Kids) whom you’ll recall from our premiere/interview for Old Spirit‘s self-titled debut not too long ago. Conceived nearby and featuring a similarly open-minded approach ‘Night Eyez‘ takes us on a tour of electronic music, rock, and even a bit of post-punk/new wave all under the umbrella of Hartman‘s own dark existential psychedelic vibe, exploratory yet not without a point of view. We’ve asked just a few questions in a short interview provided below.
Thanks goes out to the artist and their label for the opportunity to share this album with the masses. Scroll down to the Bandcamp embed below to experience the whole thing, as always do your best to support the global psychedelic music underground and grab a physical copy from Bright as Night Records‘ Bandcamp.
What’d been the key prompt for Night Eyez? Was it a matter of writing freely and later grouping the ideas that’d been categorically related or had you set your sights on a particular sound beforehand?
In early 2021 I had a period of freely recording songs and they have ended up in 3 different projects. The Night Eyez songs leaned more on the post punk and electronic side of things.
You’d mentioned that ‘Night Eyes’ was written and recorded nearby Old Spirit, though the two aren’t related in terms of style they’ve both give a sense of your own. Was ‘Night Eyez’ created as a matter of exploration into various electro-unknowns at the time or are these modes of electronic rock typically part of your listening habits?
I have been enjoying electronic music a lot more in the last few years and sporadically throughout my life but it is still very new and refreshing to me. I am not as versed in it as I am rock, metal or post punk so I wouldn’t know where it fits within genres. On the electronic / rock side, I love acts like Pinkish Black and Trans Am. Lately I’ve also been very into most things that come out on the 100% Silk label which usually has very little rock in the electronic equation.
What draws you to psychedelia or, the psychedelic rock side of things in terms of most of your projects? Are there any artists or experiences that’d been key in opening your mind to it?
Psychedelic music to me is a broad categorization. I enjoy crazy sounds and limitless ideas that the term encompasses. Amon Duul 2, Arthur Brown and Hawkwind are classic examples I enjoy. I also grew up on Janes Addiction, The Cure, Voivod and Smashing Pumpkins who all threw in many ingredients and weren’t afraid to not fit in a genre. I have to think like them because there are so many different ideas and new recipes to explore.
What is the best way that fans can support NIGHT EYEZ?
So far I only have Night Eyez up at bandcamp.
Thank you for your time.
Thanks so much for having me!
Per the press release:
BRIGHT AS NIGHT RECORDS is proud to present NIGHT EYEZ’s striking debut album, self-titled Night Eyez, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
NIGHT EYEZ is a new creation of Jason Hartman, who is renown for Svart recording artists Vanishing Kids as well as being a frequent collaborator with Jex Thoth. With the aid of Travis Marks for recording & mastering, NIGHT EYEZ is largely a solo effort for Hartman and sees him indulging his darkest electro desires, spanning all sorts of idioms – witch house, squelchy EBM, trippy-hop, even industrialized stomp – but all done with his characteristically lysergic sensibilities.
As such, Night Eyez is the project’s debut record, totaling seven songs across 30 minutes. Cool, calm, and collected, Hartman in his NIGHT EYEZ guise conveys the scintillating allure of night-time exploration and isolation, serving as both narrator and spectator here. His gilded, icy-hot synths swirl and swoon, making majestic his ruminations on urban decay. His voice similarly swirls and swoons, and he’s even joined by Vanishing Kids counterpart Nikki Drohomyreky on “Peregrine.” In between, clean shimmers of guitar make an appearance as well as grinding bass, on the post-punked “Blessed.” More than anything, Night Eyez offers surprising twists in each track, keeping the listener always guessing but ever enthralled – a “collection of songs,” but also a unified experience.
And just as he’s revealing the olde metal/rock-oriented alter-ego OLD SPIRIT, NIGHT EYEZ encompasses a lyricism that’s characteristically Hartman. As he explains, “Lyrically, it seems I’m always writing about death or impermanence. Especially as I look back on the NIGHT EYEZ lyrics, it’s all about that and also making the most of your time/life. I’ve kinda always written about that, but especially as I age, it becomes more prevalent. I don’t try to force things too much; it just comes out the way it comes out. This is cliché, but if a listener is interested in the lyrical end of things, there should always be room for their own interpretation. It’s a way to make it your own experience.”
Equally recommended for those variously into Body of Light, Ultravox, Massive Attack, and ACTORS, NIGHT EYEZ conjures a hypnotic spell with its self-titled debut.
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