Pretty neat set of all Eyeless In Gaza material – Eyeless In Gaza: Skeletal Framework – just released on Cherry Red, booklet includes some great track notes from Martyn plus a few of my shots of Eyeless.
The complete Eyeless In Gaza Cherry Red recordings, compiled and curated by Martyn Bates and Pete Becker – coming this August!
Eyeless In Gaza: Skeletal Framework – The Cherry Red Recordings 1981-1986, 5CD Box Set
• 5CD clamshell box set featuring sleevenotes and extensive song-by- song reminisces by Martyn Bates.
• Their entire 1981-1986 output for the label re-worked into five thematic suites by the band, bringing new life and light to familiar and much-loved material.
• Includes the classics ‘Invisibility’, ‘Veil Like Calm’, Kodak Ghosts Run Amok’, ‘New Risen’ and many more.
• A brilliant introduction for the curious and a fascinating re-visit for long-term fans.
During the first half of the 1980s, few artists cut a path as individual and self-contained as Eyeless In Gaza. Over six albums and several classic singles, the duo followed their muse in multiple different directions at once, unrestrained by any desire to fit in with whatever was going on around them. Bursts of primal electronica sat comfortably alongside reflective ballads and lo-fi recordings and polished productions were equally valued, all of it pulled together by Martyn Bates’ unmistakable vocals and a singular, minimalist approach to songwriting.
Curated by Eyeless In Gaza, and accompanied by Martyn Bates’ song-by-song reflections on their work, ‘Skeletal Framework’ presents the band’s entire Cherry Red output re-cast as five themed suites (or perhaps even playlists), each reflecting one of their many sides. The group’s best-known work sits comfortably alongside deeper album cuts and rarities with interesting results, as the duo guide us back and forth across recordings spanning almost six years of one of Cherry Red’s most distinctive artists.