Circuit Des Yeux

Circuit des Yeux "Live From Chicago"

Circuit des Yeux (Haley Fohr) and Matador Records have released a live EP called "Live From Chicago". The EP features four songs, “Vanishing,” “Dogma,” “Sculpting the Exodus,” and “Stranger” for her 2021 album io.

These recordings document how Fohr's compositions transform when performed live, and for this performance she was joined by Whitney Johnson (Matchess), Andrew Scott Young, and Ashley Guerrero.

Circuit des Yeux will be touring for most of the summer and fall and will be performing at Constellation on June 16th and 17th.

   

Circuit des Yeux "Dogma"

Circuit des Yeux is back with the lead single, "Dogma", from their forthcoming sixth album, -io, which is due out on October 22nd via Matador Records.

This is the first new music from Haley Fohr since the release of 2017's Reaching For Indigo, and on this project she has gathered together a 24 piece ensemble that features many of the best musicians in the city.

You can catch Circuit des Yeux at Thalia Hall on November 21st (tickets go on sale tomorrow, August 20th).

   

Haley Fohr Appears on Roy Montgomery’s New Album

New Zealand’s Roy Montgomery released his latest album, Suffuse, via New York’s Ba Da Bing Records last week. The album’s opening track, “Apparition”, features the chilling, other-worldly, voice of Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux.

Haley and Circuit des Yeux will be touring the world this fall, but you can catch her providing a live score to the 1923 silent film Salomé on August 24th at Art Institute of Chicago.

   

Circuit des Yeux Channels Something Deep at Pitchfork

Listening back through the catalog of Haley Fohr (aka Circuit des Yeux) you can appreciate the vocal range and the emotional nature of her songwriting. However, until you witness her live performance you don’t realize the magnitude of both of those factors. As she prepared to let the opening song, “Brainshift” (also the opening song from her 2017 album Reaching For Indigo), she approaches the mic, eyes closed, arms extended, perfectly still. Is she centering herself or is she channeling some force deep within herself?

Throughout the set, the five members of the Circuit des Yeux stage band which included violin, cello, Taylor Damon on Drums, Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas) on keys and Bass and Rob Frye (Cave, Bitchin Bajas) on Percussion, matched Haley’s vocal dynamics perfectly bring the energy up and down as needed. Each member seemed to almost entranced as they performed the cinematic set that was equal parts beautiful, intense, and scary. The entire set was beautiful and powerful and one of the standout moments of Day two of Pitchfork Music Festival.

   

Pitchfork Music Fest: A Chicago Showcase

There are always a few slots on any music festival for local acts, but this year Pitchfork has really gone above and beyond. Not only have they put together diverse line-up, they have crafted a line-up that will truly showcase the diversity of Chicago music today.

You have an array of Hip Hop and R&B, with SABA, Rayvn Lenae, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Kweku Collins, Noname, and Open Mike Eagle, that the city on a larger scale has become known for. However, you have a strong presence of the DIY scene represented by Melkbelly, The Curls, Circuit Des Yeux and Paul Cherry.

While there are so many more acts from the city that could fit perfectly with the sound and feel of this Fest, they have done a remarkable job pulling National touring acts, obscure Avant-Jazz group, and talented Chicago musicians to create what should be the best festival this Summer.

Pitchfork Music Fest is this weekend, July 20th to the 22nd, at Union Park in Chicago.