AOTY 2021
Circuit Des Yeux - -io
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #201 / 666
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
2021 Ratings: #221
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October 22, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
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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.

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
86
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
musomatic
95
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).
Schmedess
79
circuit des YEUX this album is pretty sick
SonicDiscovery
75
Chicago-based musician Haley Fohr has been creating and releasing music as Circuit des Yeux since 2007 and on her latest and seventh album -io she brings up the intensity by wrapping her already striking voice in layers of dramatic strings arrangements. Just within seconds of hearing the sudden swells coming from the opening interlude “Tonglen / In Vain” you can tell the severity will be coming at you turned all the way up to 10. The first proper song “Vanishing” invokes ... read more
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Added on: August 17, 2021