Animal Eyes is a group of five friends who all grew up together in rural Alaskan towns with populations below 5,000. In that vast space they began the musical exploration that eventually led them to the discovery of their own sound. It also led them to Portland, OR, where they recently recorded their debut album, ‘Found in the Forest’. After touring the West Coast extensively and spending their spare time writing new material, the group returned to the studio to record their newest EP ‘Ursus’. It’s got the folk lyricism and complex rhythms of the first album, but the sound has evolved to embrace rock/dance energy and hip-hop-esque drum beats. Ursus is more intense, but does not sacrifice the dedication to intricately layered guitar/vocal melodies and honest songwriting that helps to characterize the sound of Animal Eyes. Currently, Animal Eyes is recording their next album, touring occasionally, playing shows in Portland/around, and playing with dogs.
Here's some nice things other people said about us:
On the single ‘Bender’ from ‘Ursus’:
“Throwing any trace of traditional pop structure out within the first twenty seconds, leaving room for the band to run wild. Energetic but not spastic, the song sprints in pop, psych rock, and world music directions - all at the same time. Without any boundaries, Animal Eyes use “Bender” to throw anything and everything they can at the wall. Miraculously, it all sticks.” -Jacob Webb, KEXP Song of the Day
“[ECLECTIC, ARTY WORLD POP] Animal Eyes’ debut album, Found in the Forest, unleashes the quintet into the Portland pop world in a big way. Hailing from Homer, Alaska (a tiny town of 4,000—seriously, Google it), and now based in Portland, Animal Eyes has an upbeat, art-pop aesthetic: something akin to a three-way love child between Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective. Standouts on the debut include “Mezmin” and “You Saw,” both of which feature accordion and strings on top of howling, strained, impassioned vocals. If this solid debut is any indication of where Animal Eyes is headed, it should be all good things to come. “
Maggie Summers, Willamette Week
“This is in Portland. Good. And not pretentious. Animal Eyes are a unicorn.”
Bim Ditson, And And And
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