Chelou – Damned Eye See

A broken dreamscape that slowly pieces itself together.

‘Damned Eye See’ starts off sounding like a broken dreamscape that slowly pieces itself together until the listener can pick out the melody. Chelou shuts down the dream as he takes the melody into the background with him. His voice sits in the back of the mix, obscured by the song itself; a glimpsed view of a singer standing at the back of a stage behind the rest of the band. A dark bass beat that signals the pre-chorus, distracting us from the poppy melody contrasting lyrics that attempt to come to terms with the simple-minded approach Chelou sees in people’s acceptance of the world around them: “they say it’s a matter of fact/ but I’m not naïve enough / to take it as a matter fact.” He ups and leaves before he’s done, however, leaving us with a minute of dreamscape, soundtracked by cups and other kitchen utensils that stand in for percussion alongside plaintive synths and keys, anchored by a running arpeggiated guitar. It slides away and we wake up trying to remember what was said behind the haze.

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