Eyeless in Gaza - All Under the Leaves, The Leaves of Life

Eyeless in Gaza - All Under the Leaves, The Leaves of Life
Release Date:
July 19, 1996
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Styles:
Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
Album:
All Under the Leaves, The Leaves of Life
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Thuddingly pretentious album title aside, 1996's All Under the Leaves, the Leaves of Life proves that Eyeless in Gaza did the right thing in reuniting in the mid-'90s.

Less a rerun of the duo's older sounds than an interesting new juxtaposition of elements from throughout the first six years of their career, this album features the harsh electronics of the earliest Eyeless in Gaza singles ("Struck Like Jacob Marley" and "Fracture Track" are as noisy as anything they've ever done), the delicate, almost folkish minimalism of their best work ("Morning" and "Damning Yourself Broken," in particular, could be on Rust Red September), and the pop-oriented keyboards of their mid-'80s singles ("Answer Song and Dance," "Passing and Distance View"). The twin highlights come at the end, with the gorgeous "Three Ships," a minimalist organ piece that recalls Terry Riley's A Rainbow in Curved Air, and "As Was," a lovely acoustic guitar and voice coda to a mysterious, intriguing album.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Monstrous Joy / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza5:28
Marionette / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza1:17
Struck Like Jacob Marley / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza6:04
Morning / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza3:36
Fracture Track / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza5:42
The Leaves of Life/Seven Virgins / Martyn Bates / Peter Becker / TraditionalEyeless in Gaza4:47
Answer Song and Dance / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza4:56
Passing and Distant View / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza3:57
Damning Yourself Broken / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza3:38
Three Ships / TraditionalEyeless in Gaza11:38
As Was / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza2:18
Luscious Word (Lot's Wife) / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza5:03
The Carnal and the Crane / Martyn Bates / Peter BeckerEyeless in Gaza3:18

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