EX EYE, the newest instrumental outfit helmed by experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson, has released a second single off their debut album along with an accompanying video. “Xenolith; The Anvil” is a packed with the barreling crescendos and riveting complexities that have quickly become the quartet’s calling card. In the video, EX EYE and filmmaker Derrick Belcham explore hidden realities and metaphorical representations of the titular subject of this first song on their eponymous debut album. Stream the video today via NPR.
Commandeered by Stetson on alto and bass saxophones, EX EYE’s unflappable lineup is rounded out by Greg Fox (Liturgy) on drums, Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Ceramic Dog) on synths and Toby Summerfield on guitar. Devoted to creating labyrinthian and emotive music, EX EYE perpetually defy both genre and expectation.
Recorded live at Ismaily's Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, NY (Blonde Redhead, Damien Rice, Okkervil River, Son Lux, Pussy Riot), EX EYE’s forthcoming debut flaunts a band that is far beyond the sum of its parts. With each player lending both their own technical prowess and personal idiosyncrasies, each song is a transcendent journey unlike anything that has come before.
Forthcoming live performances are listed below, more news coming soon.
EX EYE Track Listing:
3. Anaitis Hymnal; The Akrose Disc
4. Form Constant; The Grid
EX EYE Live performances:
June 20 Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
June 21 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
June 22 Calgary, AB @ Sled Island
June 24 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
June 25 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
June 27 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
June 28 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
August 16 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
August 17 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
August 18 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
August 20 Portland, ME @ Space