The third release from Milan, Italy’s In Her Eye is titled “Change” and the eight song album has progressed in ways since the days of their 2011 debut “Anywhere Out of the World”. Their path to achieving refined harmony is obvious.
Since the beginning, In Her Eye’s sound has delivered a powerful mixture of 80’s new wave echoes (New Order, The Cure), shoegaze and sonic suggestions (Swervedriver, My Vitriol, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.); all filtered through a genuine rock attitude.
In Her Eye has dedicated “Change” to movement and transformation. In the last few years, original band members (Aldo Bernuzzi, Giuseppe Galotti, Stefano Schiavella) passed through a lot of changes: relationships, new births, life philosophies. The line-up has changed as well: with Raffaele Bocchetti (former Stella Diana) joining the band. And with the addition, they’re convinced the In Her Eye classic sound has recreated and enriched itself with new hues and shades. The album songs, featuring backing vocals by Antonia Chiara Ciancaglini (The Mystic Morning) is proof the signature sound is still there. Sometimes it’s psychedelia, sometimes it’s pop. To them, it’s all a game of change.
The results are a satisfying balance of old and new. Vocalist Giuseppe Galotti’s signature varied styles continue on the new album; whether he’s fluctuating from Lawrence from Felt or Tom Verlaine to Adam Franklin of Swervedriver. Whatever personal change they’re experiencing, the urge to dance will never cease, a reminder of where In Her Eye is positioned in the dancey/not dancey spectrum of the Italogaze universe. And yet songs crafted like “Closer to Me”,”Bianca” and to an extent “Change” can arguably testify to some of its changes with its driving but subdued rhythmic direction, ideas that highlighted some of Swerverdriver’s 2015 release “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You” allowing more of its dreamy jangly guitar ambience to emerge. That said, though not as raw and lacking in ambience as some of their early releases, it still hasn’t lost that loving feeling with unhinged grandiosity as demonstrated by “Neon Lights” and “Demons” before culminating with “As In A Dream”, catchy with its crispy riffs and punchy beats as if they were dreaming of an Oxford band in the city of Milan. The reflective sounding “Life” closes out the album, returning to those changes and it seems appropriate, both songs stating their case at the crossroads.
While “Change” their first release since 2015s Borderline is dedicated to their personal evolving, its title can also reflect the response their influence is receiving especially in Italy. Only a few years ago nobody would have associated shoegaze to Italy; yet today Italogaze – as it has been dubbed – starting from an underground word of mouth, has gained a solid international credibility; shoegaze lovers are enthusiastic about bands like Be Forest, Stella Diana, Clustersun, Rev Rev Rev, and happily discover other outfits that animate the scene. Their dedication to reconditioning that sound in the last seven years has paid off.
Since 2015 the band has been involved in a handful of tribute compilations (The Cure, Ride, Wire), while composing songs for the new album. In Her Eye’s album “Change” is available for release on June 1st (2018). Beforehand, check out the single “Closer to Me” on their bandcamp page or the embedded link below.