Rabbit’s Eye: The Damage Was Terrific (FPE, 2022)

August 27, 2022 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rabbit’s Eye: The Damage Was Terrific

This album documents a live improvisation by Greek quartet Rabbit’s Eye shortly after they formed in 2018. Much of it is sparse and sporadic, but still a bit nervy, and the musicians will break into a more pointed, alarmed convergence of sounds at a moment’s notice. “Secret Spell” has a somnambulant feel and pace before it coalesces into a sort of loose march. Then “Circus Dance” is a more chaotic, stop-start flurry of rushing drums, delicately scraped yet caustic violin, crunches of guitar feedback, and haunted vocals interpreting all of these currents and vibrations. “Seven Turns at Midnight” is the longest piece and it leads itself down a haunted procession, like some sort of detached Jandekian free jazz. “Of Dark Corners” starts with percussive rolling and ticking, which seems to function like a book of matches being struck, as it gradually stokes into a bonfire of sound. A lot of the other, shorter tracks are a lot more subtle, and don’t feel as much like events, but rather connective sequences. Seeing this in person might’ve been an intense, heart-racing experience. As an album, it requires much patience, but if you’re in the right mood, it can be trasportive.

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