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The Third Eye Foundation
For almost 10 years the only music emanating from Matt Elliott's guise as The Third Eye Foundation has been the odd remix here and there, providing no sequel to Little Lost Soul -Arguably their most musical LP- merging melancholic images and voices from the past with the modernity of manipulated soundscapes.
The progression from Semtex and Ghost, his firsts two LPs to the later "You Guys Kill Me" and Little Lost Soul is obvious: the aggression and layers of noise recede album by album, there is less abrasion to hide behind and piece by piece the heart & soul of the man behind the music is laid bare.
The latest instalment, the much anticipated album The Dark reflects details from the span of Elliott's output as The Third Eye Foundation and the culmination of his never ending musical studies. The essential Third Eye elements are all represented: the dark but intricate atmospheres, the head spinning beats, the walls of sound swelling and receding and a pounding, thundering bass.
The Dark is both a direct continuation on from Little Lost Soul and a definite move in a new direction. The shape and the soul of The Dark is at the same utterly classical and contemporary. Made up of five movements which merge into one another seamlessly, at times thundering dub-step, at others pulsating drum and bass at others a blissful soundscape at other points a combination of all of those elements and more:
Throughout the album the voices never end, swooping in, whispering, screaming. Voices from throughout the world and time echoing the cries of our collective unconscious stretched and pitched, so you can hear with precision the emotion expressed, the details of their pain, their joy, their sadness, and their anger. Then there are the haunting strings, the deep brass, other unidentifiable instruments all twisted together.
The Dark is a definitive piece of music at the same time tortured and yet romantic, reflecting the loss and the joy, the sin and the repentance, the despair and the optimism that all thinking people feel.
Add to this the individual talents of Louis Warynski (Chapelier Fou) & Chris Cole (Manyfingers) both multi instrumentalists and both playing an essential part of the classical instrumentation on the album, twisted at some points beyond all recognition by the orchestrations of Matt Elliott and the result is an intense ride, a trip to the centre of the soul, not always comfortable but you will feel all the better for having done it.
The music is echoed perfectly by the artwork of long time collaborator and arguably the greatest living visual artist Uncle Vania, and just as with the artwork, no Third Eye Foundation album has ever been so clear or so dense. These five movements, united by their low-key aspect, show a unique personality, proving for once and for all the inimitable style of The Third Eye Foundation.
PAST GIGS :
12.12.11 Soirées Nomades / Fondation Cartier / PARIS
16.10.11 Mylos Club / Thessaloniki / GRECE
19.05.11 BRUSSELS (BE) @ Festival Les Nuits Botanique
05.05.11 BREST (FR) @ La Carène
13.04.11 NANTES (FR) @ L'Olympic
28.06.12 METZ / Cloître des Trinitaires - CONCERT GRATUIT @ Les Trinitaires
''A while of grace " (Obsküre)
''A beautiful showpiece in black similar to a sound tsunami ''(Les Inrockuptibles)''
''Listening to The Dark provides an unlimited pleasure'' (ELEGY)
''Those who let them hypnotize by the beauty of this recording will notice the heavy silence it leaves in its wake ( Magic)
''The beautiful album ''The dark'' is a new bad trip in the darkness of the human soul'' (Vibrations)
''Orchestral and cinematic'' (Noise)
''An enchanting work coming from electronica and the minimalist symphonic current'' (Mondomix)
''The dark is a beautiful black diamond'' (20minutes)
''Happy reunion for a dark disc shooted at the melancholy'' (L'etudiant)
''From this spellbinding low key emanates an absolute beauty'' (L'Alsace)
''One of the electro-ambient genuis, depressed but very moving'' (Ouest France)
''The foundation's inside wealth is revealed and its hypnotic force is at work'' (LYLO)
''The Dark relates in 5movements a showpiece with the obsessions of Matt Elliott'' ( PRESTO)
''Sublime and enchanting'' (NOVO)
''A view and a unique personage'' (SORTIR D'ICI)
''A wonderful suite'' (FROGGY DELIGHT)
''This album is a delight'' (MUSIC LODGE)
''A success, for sure (Liability Webzine)
''His uniqueness draws the attention (POSITIVE RAGE)
''Sourrounding and vaporous pieces'' (MOWNO)
''A magical enclave that made forget the time'' (MYGMUSIQUE)
''The dark the ultime album of his 15 last years'' (SOUNDOFVIOLENCE)
''An almost perfect compromise between the solo work of Matt Elliott and the work of the Third Eye Foundation'' (LE GOLB)
''Small electronic bomb which explodes on us with a percinious sweetness'' (TOUJOURSUNCOUPDAVANCE)
''A dark and chaotic soundtrack, difficult to describe and we can't get rid of it'' (LAMIXLETTER)
''A kind of perfect and sucessfull outcome'' (ZICAZIC)
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