Release Date: Oct 2, 2015
Record label: DFA
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Dream Pop, Experimental Rock, Synth Pop
Relying less on samples than Years Not Living two years prior, the self-produced I Need New Eyes finds difficult-to-label electronic experimenter Larry Gus (Greek musician Panagiotis Melidis) still painting uncommon rhythmic songscapes, this time on a canvas of more comprehendible pop structures. Mixed by fellow experimenter Alex Epton (aka XXXChange of Win Win), the record also features ethereal vocals by Moscow-based Kate Shilonosova (aka NV) on "Belong to Love," an easygoing, synth pop type of tune -- ambient-leaning yet active in percussion in the second half and dotted with dissonant woodwinds and keyboard squawks. For straightforward synth pop, there's also the livelier "A Set of Replies.
When Panagiotis Melidis, the Greek producer who records as Larry Gus, first began releasing music, his primary mode of expression was parroting other artists to create sample-heavy pastiche. His productions encompassed everything from Afrobeat to hip-hop; after signing to DFA, his first two albums for the label were somewhat unsteady attempts to turn bits and pieces into a cohesive whole, taking cues from prototypical psych pop outfits like El Guincho and Animal Collective. His last album, Years Not Living, was a more conceptually confident (if sometimes muddy-sounding) stew of African-influenced grooves, slathered-on samples, and his own heavily layered vocals.