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BRATTLEBORO—On Thursday, June 9, downtown multimedia arts hall Epsilon Spiers will host the band Circuit Des Yeux as part of their five-month tour of Europe and North America. The bill also features Brooklyn-based music and performance project Humanbeast and Brattleboro’s own Dutch experts.
Circuit Des Yeux is the nickname of Haley Fohr, who began her music career recording in her old bedroom at her parents’ Indiana home after dropping out of Purdue University’s nuclear engineering program. Ten years later, Fohr has become a prominent voice on the national underground music scene, releasing her sixth album as Circuit Des Yeux on Matador Records in the fall of 2021.
“Fohr leads his band with 12-string guitar and an enchanting baritone voice, playing an almost unclassifiable mix of styles reminiscent of the icy voice of Nico from the Velvet Underground, the farthest experimental reaches of Jefferson Airplane or the arrangements of a another world of Anohni,” the organizers said in a press release.
The Washington Post called Circuit Des Yeux’s newest record, -io, their “strongest album to date.” Fohr explores every nuance of his voice, soaring and diving to unsuspected depths against the backdrop of his core band and orchestra.
Humanbeast, a duo that has been collaborating in various forms since 1996, combines dark, synth-driven waves with lead vocals to “invoke a sound that’s both gritty and ethereal,” organizers say. “The ritual elements of their stage show complement the themes of the music they will perform at Epsilon Spiers, which they describe as ‘ancient solar music for a lunar reflection on the elemental nature of loss’.”
“This is Humanbeast’s first performance since the pandemic, and we’re very excited to be performing at Epsilon Spires,” singer Maralie Armstrong-Rial said. “We will be performing material from our latest album, Divine Redeemerand there couldn’t be a more perfect context to convey these songs of reflective mourning,” she says in reference to the sanctuary of Epsilon Spiers, which is in a 19th-century church that was converted in 2019 into a venue and performer studios.
The show will be opened by local new wave band Dutch Experts, led by Hannah Hoffman of Brattleboro. Raised with musical influences ranging from classic ’70s rock and folk to alternative pop icons like The Cure and Kate Bush, organizers say Hoffman’s music has grown over the years from an aesthetic from more conventional singer-songwriter to ethereal ’80s-inspired synthetic pop.
Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased at epsilonspires.org.