Water From Your Eyes- “Barley” [Video]

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That’s the sentiment that animates Water From Your Eyes on their new album, and first for Matador, Everyone’s Crushed, out May 26. On the follow-up to the Brooklyn duo’s 2021 breakthrough, Structure, Rachel Brown (they/them) and Nate Amos (he/him) find silliness and fatalism dancing in a frantic lockstep, using heart palpitating rhythms and absurdist, deadpan lyrics to convey stories of personal and societal unease. Described by Brown as Water From Your Eyes’ most collaborative record ever, it’s a swollen contusion of an album: experimental pop music that’s pretty and violent, raw and indelible.

“Barley is a rhythmic sound collage experiment drawing from modern classical, classic rock, and dance music,” explain the band. “The lyrics suggest repeated futile attempts at attaining the unattainable and allude to Sting and Sonic Youth. The video mirrors these concepts in scope, texture, and variety – juxtaposing feelings of entrapment and late stage capitalism against the sense of freedom inherent to the vast American landscape. Despite all this heady bullshit the song is, at its core, fun.”

This is one addictive track – I don’t know if the world is ending or just beginning but “Barley” from Water From Your Eyes will keep you guessing with its gorgeous unbalanced approach!

You can order the album HERE.

Fresh from supporting Interpol in Europe, Water From Your Eyes will host a weekly live residency in New York throughout March, followed by a North American tour supporting Snail Mail in April and May . A full list of upcoming dates can be found below and tickets are available HERE.

3/16 Brooklyn, NY Residency Night #1 @ Secret Location
3/24 Brooklyn, NY Residency Night #2 @ P.I.T.
4/7 Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
4/8 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
4/9 Lawrence, KS @ Lied Center (Pavilion Space)
4/10 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre *
4/11 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre *
4/12 Salt Lake City, UT at Soundwell *
4/13 Las Vegas, NV @ AREA15 *
4/14 Bakersfield, CA @ Temblor Brew #
4/15 Oakland, CA @ Eli’s #
4/16 San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater *
4/18 Reno, NV @ Cargo Concert Hall *
4/19 Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post +
4/20 Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre +
4/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon #
4/22 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space #
4/23 Flagstaff, AZ @ Yucca North *
4/24 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace *
4/25 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister *
4/27 Oklahoma City, OK @ Jones Assembly *
4/28 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge *
4/29 Memphis, TN @ Black Lodge *
5/1 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue *
5/2 Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater *
5/4 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street *
5/5 Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers *
5/6 Winston-Salem, NC @ The Ramkat *
5/7 Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees
6/24 Calgary, AB @ Sled Island

w/ Snail Mail & Dazy*
w/ Dazy #
w/ Snail Mail +

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