oranges for angels (2016)
'4zzz – Best new arrivals for the third week of September'
The strange arrangements of The Albino Eyes draw inspiration from everything from country to reggae to britpop, and somehow still manage to combine in a strangely endearing way. The witty and effortless lyrics are magic on their own, and when combined with their weird but catchy riffs and beats, create a magical style of their own. It needs a few listens but this one growns on you rapidly.
buchowski kiss (2015)
'Buchowski Kiss' – Its charm is hard to deny or resist!
What does Brisbane, Australia and Manchester, England, have in common? Well, for starters, David Thompson (vox, guitars) Leigh Nelson (drums, percussion), Martin Konings (guitar, mix) and Anthony Stavljanin (bass, guitar)… better known as 'The Albino Eyes'.
The brand new 18-track album, 'Buchowski Kiss', is the follow up to the band's 2013 self-titled debut release. This album has everything you could want. A million listenings would not be enough to pry out all the truth and grit that is in 'Buchowski Kiss'. It is a huge, infectious, spooky, ambient and moody album. It has the taste of glam-era Bowie with the maudlin smarts of the Smiths and some Britpop Blur thrown into the mix. The Albino Eyes is highly recommended for loudly accompanying dancing on tables, drinking XXXX alone in your attic, or driving a convertible over flat, barren highways late at night.
What we have here is the absolute closest thing you can get to the perfect album: gloriously constructed music that broods, soars and swells as a perfect backdrop for the band's incredibly biting satire and other lyrical investigations. It isn't just that the songs are musically compelling; it is that they are both unexpectedly complex and simple at the same time.
There are many musical highlights on the album, but what I find most remarkable is that there are several songs so good it makes the other great songs seem bad in comparison, while one song in particular makes even the highlight songs suffer in contrast. This is how superlative 'Buchowski Kiss' is, both lyrically and musically.
Few will question that the album starts off strongly with 'Narcissism Begins At Home', while 'Southern Cross' is one of my favorites on the album along with 'Nightwalking' which follows it. 'We Paint The Sky' is another stunner, as is the title track, but seriously, the best of the bunch for me is unquestionably 'Lonely Souls'. It is simply a superb song on multiple levels. Musically it is incredibly compelling, one of those tunes that once you hear it you can't get it out of your head – the tempo, the melody, the harmony and the overall mesmerizing soundscape. But this would merely make it a good song; what makes it great is the message the song brings:
"We are the flowers in your dustbins, frozen butterflies, claustrophobic flashing lights, the city weeps tonight. Sooner or later you're gonna understand this lonely soul. I will not be told that the streets are paved with gold, no, I will not be told, that the streets are paved with gold, I am sold."
Without a doubt, the first thing that makes this album truly stand out is the lyrics. The Albino Eyes are masters of writing lyrics that make you smirk and smile and are also brilliant observations on everyday life. They write about anxiety, struggles, frustrations, excitement, love and bewilderment and just about everything else. Their singing pushes this to an extra level where you can feel all of this emotion in their performances.
'Buchowski Kiss' is an album that flows together brilliantly without any odd or misplaced tracks. Its charm is hard to deny or resist!
'Buchowski Kiss' – A souped-up-ute of a journey through modern Australia…
This is what happens when a British exile gangs up with a bunch of Aussie misfits. A souped-up-ute of a journey through modern Australia. A pop culture mash up of UFO spotting, swingers clubs and broken-heart tattoos, liberally sprinkled with classic pop hooks. It's like a box of dog-eared records by Blur, Nick Cave and the Buzzcocks somehow got loaded into a cracked jukebox in some dusty Outback bar.
'Buchowski Kiss' is jangly, catchy, but angular, oddball and defiantly strange, like bubblegum pop songs with the centre torn out. It's melodic, singalong, but there's something wrong here, something unsettling shifting under the surface, like Wonderland-era Charlatans, after the drugs had taken hold. 'Time does not exist', moans the singer, before it takes off into a soaring singalong chorus, like the La's 'There She Goes' sung from a padded cell.
Narcotic, disjointed, off-kilter, 'Buchowski Kiss' is a rare example of a record being both clever and cool.
Is its tongue stuck firmly in its cheek or is it pointing straight out a you? With songs this good, who cares.
John Perry – NME
'Buchowski Kiss' – Keeping the dream alive with some help from fate…
The dream of becoming a successful rock star never truly dies. Life will often attempt to get in the way and derail these plans, but when the music has a deep grasp on your soul, the dream will always resurface if you give it time. This relates to the story of our recent discovery, The Albino Eyes.
Vocalist and guitarist David Thompson grew up in Manchester, England in the rich musical culture dominated by bands like Joy Division, The Smiths, and Stone Roses. The bug to perform bit him early but life was passing by fast and David was pushed into the job market eventually moving to Australia for work. There he found a like mind in guitarist Anthony Stavljanin and a musical friendship was formed. Life got in the way again and the friends moved away to live different lives. The musical mistress could not let this partnership forever fade. Fate stepped in and years later reconnected David and Stav in Brisbane. This time they moved fast and brought in Martin Konings on Guitar + Mix and Leigh Nelson on Drums to complete the Albino Eyes lineup. The mix of opposing cultures and influences created some innovative and original sounds.
Now The Albino Eyes have released their second album "Buchowski Kiss". The 18 track album is quite a feat as the songs seemed to just pour out of the group. The opener 'Shooting Stars' is some straight up indie rock power with big choruses intertwined setting the listener up for what he is about to experience. The raw energy continues on the fast paced 'Alien Youth' with some additional exotic sounds thrown in to keep you on your toes. The title track 'Buchowski Kiss' takes the exoticness even further with some psychedelic noise starting it off while the song transforms into a mellow and touching bit of songwriting. There are thoughtful and thought provoking lyrics exposed on 'Southern Cross' and the closer 'Blue Gum Tree' with a distinctive Australian taste. One that stands out to me is 'Red Red Earth'. There is pretty guitar picking here coupled with atmospheric sounds and a storytelling lyrical style that drew me in. Overall a very good record that will keep your ears entertained for a long while.