CMU Approved

Approved: Eyedress

By | Published on Wednesday 16 April 2014


The initial (and still only, I think) signing to the XL-backed label imprint of pop blog Abeano, Eyedress is Idris Vicuña, who is 20, married to a model, and lives in Manila making “spacey-assed” beats all day. The high life.

Last week Eye-dris(s) released his synaesthesia-celebrating new mixtape, ‘Hearing Colours’, free, via this mini-site here, laying the way for his semi-impending first LP, which is expected by the year’s end.

Featuring several tracks that were present ‘Supernatural’, an Eyedress EP circa 2013, ‘Hearing Colours’ is an anaesthetic mix of witchy, glitchy beats, pinball-machine-style synth spirals, and vocals that vary from Vicuña’s occasional foil, Skint Eastwood (who I wish didn’t have that silly alias)’s cooling lilt, to Idris’ faint, alien wail.

And that alien wail will be heard trailing all over a slipstream of festivals this year, not least the great The Great Escape, and Pixies/Metronomy-headlined LDN park weekender Field Day. Eyedress is in the big city earlier than that as well, playing a Field Day pre-party at the Shacklewell Arms on 14 May.