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The Third Eye Foundation – “Standard Deviation” from The Dark (Ici, d’ailleurs, 2010)

I spent my Saturday in doors working on nothing but noizes and beatzes, stopping to watch Al Jazeera‘s coverage of a suddenly chaotic #Egypt – Egyptians demanding for their pharaoh to resign. In the evening, I walked down a couple blocks to a Senegalese-owned halal restaurant called “African-American Cuisine.” On my way back, iPod decided I should stop listening to 8Ball & MJG and pay attention to The Dark, The Third Eye Foundation’s 2010 album. For the most part, I’ve payed attention to Matt Elliot’s output under his birth name, at least since 2003’s The Mess We Made, but not his earlier releases as 3EF. While based on track titles alone “If You Treat Us All Like Terrorists We Will Become Terrorists” sounds apt for the times, “Standard Deviation” is immense, absorbing, murky and warm with low, low rumbles and creeping, ascending voices. If you enjoy this track, the album is a nice cohesive mix-up you should definitely check out.


6 responses to “STANDARD DEVIATION”

  1. /rupture says:

    Matt is great. the noisy textural sensuality and spectral/haunted breaks of Third Eye Foundation made a big impression on me back in the day. psyched there’s a new album out!

    the deer is nicely reminiscent of his other album cover with a nearly ground-out fox(?) on it

  2. lamin says:

    Yes, really warm, dark, and lovely textures here… love the album, though I actually miss his singing on this outing, but I guess that’s a point of difference, brilliant nonetheless.

    I believe the album cover with that dead fox/? is Sextex. Gonna check it out too.


  3. Rupture says:

    SEMTEX (not Sextex)

  4. lamin says:

    Yes, thanks for the correction. I actually meant to type Semtex.

  5. /rupture says:

    Freudian strip

  6. this is rad, love Matt Elliott and was super psyched to see a new release! thanks much.

    and that album cover is the best.