This morning, we’re delighted to welcome The Lazy Eyes to MailTape for a Sunday selection of smooth moving trippy tracks to get the day moving. Based in Sydney, the psychedelic rock group features Harvey Geraghty on vocals, guitar, and keyboard; Italy Sasha on vocals and guitar; Leon Karagic on bass; and Noah Martin on drums. The band joins us following the release of their 2022 debut album SongBook, a world warp of smooth and experimental psychedelic grooves.
The Lazy Eyes’s selection
Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake
The Lazy Eyes: “Our high school teacher Mr Brown put us on to Grandaddy and he’s a legend for it! I don’t know if we would’ve found them otherwise. Classic early naughties alt rock, really.“
Andy Shauf - Early to the Party
The Lazy Eyes: “This is an album Harvey and Itay got in to around the same time. The things that lured us in were the really tight and cutesy production elements and the clever arrangements. Always an emotion listen, that’s for sure.“
Kraftwerk - It’s More Fun to Compute
The Lazy Eyes: “A track that defined the beginnings of electronic music but still stands up to todays standards. This song would still go off at a rave and it was released in ‘81!“
The Lazy Eyes - Cheesy Love Song
Sarah: “SongBook is a wonderful listen from start to finish. The tracks meld together into a psychedelic haze, each track adding more complexity to the album’s complete picture. This is the album’s final track, leaning into psych-rock influences more heavily than some of the album’s earlier numbers. There’s such softness with the piano and light vocals at the song’s beginning, setting up the track’s trajectory to be anything but predictable. Cheesy Love Song wraps up the SongBook album so neatly, bringing together so seamlessly the elements of 70’s English rock and psychedelic spiralings present throughout the other tracks. Love the new breath that the track takes on halfway through.“
Janko Nilovic and the Soul Surfers - Psychic Powers
Sarah: “The newest release from Janko Nilovic and the Soul Surfers. So much of Janko’s classic form of psychedelic-funk grooves in this track, we can melt into listening. Excited to hear what else this collaboration brings about in the future.“
INO hidefumi - スカイツリー / Skytree
Sarah: “Can’t get over the easy going synth groove in this track, perfect for a Sunday morning :) Wonderful arpeggio plucking accents halfway through, such a nice compliment to the sliding rhythm section.“
The Lazy Eyes - Where’s My Brain???
Sarah: “Finishing off our selection with another track off of the band’s debut album, SongBook. The title is self-explanatory enough, this track’s psychedelic influences create the space to get lost in, especially for our Sunday listening :) Love the rock breaks from the trancelike grooves, a welcome surprise.“
That finishes our playlist for this morning! Our thanks to The Lazy Eyes for joining us this Sunday. Many thanks to Meriam Kharbat for this episode’s vibrant illustration!