Circuit Des Yeux - -io
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #223 / 739
User Score
Based on 152 ratings
2021 Ratings: #310
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV

Circuit des Yeux strides over the ‘tortured artist’ paradigm altogether, co-creating with the listener a humbling, healing experience through music and wild imagination.

90
musicOMH

With -io she has made a work that is both devastatingly personal and beautifully generous.

85
Beats Per Minute

Over the course of the album, we seem to hear Fohr coming to terms with the vastness of mortality, and realising that it is in itself beautiful – it is what makes life precious.

80
Mojo

Fohr ambitiously attempts to strip back protective coatings and cocoons, to show what happens when distractions peel away and the inevitable pushes through.

80
Spectrum Culture

Through soundscapes as majestic as they are chaotic, Haley Fohr is trapped in -io, a networked world she is trying to escape.

78
Pitchfork

Accompanied by strings, horns, and more, Haley Fohr has crafted her most expansive work to date, capturing a sprawl of emotions too complicated to be named.

70
Uncut

It’s Fohr's stunning vocal that drives the album: a four-octave voice that stretches between moments of lilting vulnerability to, on "Vanishing", a cry ofe arth-shaking vengeance.

70
AllMusic

Fohr's lyrics draw from personal experiences as well as scientific phenomena, and she elevates them with her dynamic, sometimes earth-shaking arrangements.

60
Loud and Quiet

Fohr’s approached writing –io by carefully constructing her emotional state, piece by piece. That methodical approach has given her a physical manifestation of grief that she can work to overcome, when mourning feels like shadowboxing.

musomatic
80

If Spellling's The Turning Wheel is heaven and Lingua Ignota's Sinner Get Ready is hell, then this is the fall from heaven to hell. (ps: that's also depicted on the album cover).

Orlkont
90

Some of us resort to music to escape our inescapable reality, often reimagining our lives like what we see in the movies. Theatrical or not, we seek that way out. Haley Fohr, with this album, has provided me with that opportunity. Accompanied by her deep vocals, reminiscent with that of Anna B Savage, are magnificent showers of orchestration that create the backdrop of that reimagination we're desperately trying to achieve. Incredibly poetic and emotional at certain points, it's hard to miss ... read more

hiphopcritiques
85

Had no idea who this is... well I certainly do now.

Wow. I did not expect this at all. My friend heard the first three songs and then wanted to listen to me, he said the first three were INCREDIBLE. And in all honestly, I liked them a lot but I didn't think they were that crazy. So I was enjoying myself but not to the full extent he was, but then the 5th track and on are INCREDIBLE. 'Sculpting the Exodus' might be one of my favorite tracks of the entire year. A lot of the instrumentation is ... read more

CaramelCookie
64

This album is a bit of a hit-or-miss for me... I appreciate her incredible voice and songs such as Dogma really floor me... but I do get put off by the over the top operatics of some of the lyrics... For example when she laments that "You know there's an avalanche inside of me" I unfortunately have to laugh... yeah, really, an avalanche? What are you, a natural phenomenon?

haeagen
70

Artsy chamber pop with a full-blown orchestra, much more opulent than her previous stuff. Somewhere between Zola Jesus and Antony and the Johnsons—just a tad too many feeble tracks between the record's three highlights (Vanishing, Sculpting the Exodus, Stranger)

JayCrackers
73

Circuit des Yeux continue their strong streak with -io, a mixture of the beautiful bliss of art pop and the darkness of Neoclassical Darkwave for a well defioned sound and album and although for me, the album is not as tight as some of their previous works or other acts in this genre of music, Circuit des Yeux still manages to bring a well round and consistent release.

Track Review

Tonglen / In Vain 6.5/10
Vanishing 7.5/10.
Dogma 8/10
The Chase 7/10
Sculpting the Exodus 8/10
Walking Toward ... read more

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Track List

1Tonglen In Vain
0:33
72
2Vanishing
4:34
86
3Dogma
3:24
82
4The Chase
2:41
73
5Sculpting the Exodus
5:01
82
6Walking Toward Winter
4:12
81
7Argument
5:02
85
8Neutron Star
6:07
83
9Stranger
5:39
80
10Oracle Song
3:53
82
Total Length: 41 minutes
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Added on: August 17, 2021