Mojo Magazine - The Otolith Sessions Review _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 01.01.14
“Elsie Martins encompasses her many field recordings - snails on metronomes, singing brandy glasses - into an album that’s part heartbeat warmth and part ominous abstraction. Comes with “audio cookbook” for DIY tape experiments” - ★★★
Mojo Magazine, Feb 2014 Issue (The Otolith Sessions)
Prog Magazine - The Otolith Sessions Review _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 30.11.13
“..“Progressive echoing ambient swirl”
“A classy sea of sound - if you immerse yourself in it, it’ll carry you off and wash you up on another psychic beach entirely!”
Prog Magazine, Nov 2013 Issue (The Otolith Sessions)
ATTN Magazine - The Otolith Sessions Review _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 27.11.13
“..huge, densely orchestrated narratives: teeming starlight soaring over fierce tribal percussion, hazy blankets of voice and saxophone tilting through a tidal throb and sway, heartbeat techno forcing choir noise upward in billowing clouds. The translucent hand of tape processing winds itself deftly in between each instrument… and rather than choking out her collaborators through brash applications of tape FX or sudden varispeed plummets, her treatment runs in parallel, tugging overtone into gentle full blossom or smothering particular frequencies in soft, analogue moss..”
Vinyl District Magazine Feature: "Return of the Atom: Atom Eye's Journey of Sound" _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 25.11.13
Atom Eye is invited to write a feature article for Vinyl District Magazine, discussing the creative process of tape manipulations
“The Otolith Sessions is the realisation of a long-standing curiosity I have developed for magnetic tape. I have become increasingly fascinated with the medium—the way it sounds, the way it works, and how it can be interfered with.”
Secret Decoder Magazine - The Otolith Sessions Review _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 23.11.13
“…Martins experiments with tapes, drones and a selection of esoteric noise making machines in a manner that can just as easily transport the listener around the darkened interior of her seemingly familiar subject matter as it can transcend it all to cloak us in supernatural haze…” ”Completely untouchable!”
The Sunday Experience Magazine Feature _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 22.11.13
“…..something beautifully bruised emerges shy eyed as though appearing fully formed from a eclipse event, atop its forming crest curve a hypnotic spray of jubilant raptures showers its surrounding environs….."
The Digital Fix Magazine - The Otolith Sessions Review ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 21.11.13
…”“A collection of breath-taking experiments in tape manipulation. Beautifully haunting melodies are used and abused to create a lush yet darkly malevolent 45 minutes of experimental ambience.” - The Digital Fix Magazine
Female First Magazine Feature _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 21.11.13
Atom Eye is invited to write a feature article for Female First Magazine " "Elsie Martins of Atom Eye: Why we need an all-inclusive approach to tackle persistent inequalities” Read the Full Article here
The Sunday Experience Magazine - The Otolith Sessions Review _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 20.11.13
…”between the slow burn cinematic glories of Morricone, the desert scorched hymnal halos of godspeed , the tension forming raptures of Goblin’s most infamous soundtracks and the stirring melodic mistrals of John 3:16 in collusion with Rasplyn.” - The Sunday Experience Magazine
A Closer Listen: The Home of Experimental Music & Sound Art - The Otolith Sessions Review ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 19.11.13
"…Elsie Martins (Atom Eye) uses all manner of old equipment, teasing resonances from battered metal knobs, changing speeds on old magnetic tapes, messing with delay and drone…” - A Closer Listen Magazine
Atom Eye is named Vinyl District's Artist of the Week ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 18.11.13
"Atom Eye is one woman on a mission to create beautiful, vast and mysterious soundscapes, and with debut album The Otolith Sessions due out this month, she’s making a name for herself in the avant-garde scene” - The Vinyl District Magazine
The OtolithSessionsLimited Edition CD + Book Out Now ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 18.11.13
It's here! The Otolith Sessions is now available as a limited edition CD accompanied with an exquisitely presented book featuring beautiful images and texts eluding to the recording materials, machinery and processes. This indispensable companion piece to the recording also encompasses an audio cookbook with recipes for you to create your own magnetic tape experiments. The Record is released on Boutique Imprint Forwind
Atom Eye will be releasing The Otolith Sessions on the Forwind boutique label 18th November. The project is the culmination of a year’s worth of sound experiments captured on various machines of a bygone era. The materials underlying each composition were formed from experiments with magnetic tape manipulation - deconstructing, layering, looping, suspending, pitch-warbling…
The album will be offered as a limited edition CD accompanied with an exquisitely presented book featuring beautiful images and texts eluding to the recording materials, machinery and processes.
Atom Eye joins the Forwind roster ______________________________________________________________________________________ 07.08.13 Very proud to announce that Atom Eye joins the roster of artists on the wonderful Forwind label.
Forwind boats a solid run of spectacular releases – all manner of experimental & inspired gems from live improvisation to precise studio completed treatments.
Atom Eye on BBC's Radio 3 "Late Junction" Show ______________________________________________________________________________________ 05.12.12
Atom Eye has been playlisted on the BBC's "Late Junction" Radio 3 show. It's an absolute treat to be selected and highlighted on such a renowed radio programme.
Here is the Late Junction's 5th December show description: "A vintage performance from Scotland's Cults Percussion Ensemble, featuring a very young Evelyn Glennie, the nimble finger work of flamenco guitarist Niño Josele, medieval part singing from Anonymous 4 and dark moorland ambience from Elsie Martins working under the name Atom Eye".
You can listen to the show via the BBC's iPlayer HERE.
Trilogy 120 - Part III Review on Panic Dots Magazine ____________________________________________________________________________________ 05.06.12
"The first thing that springs to mind when listening to Trilogy Part 3 is the opening shot in Blade Runner: desolate, darkened landscapes, peppered with the remnants of an industrial era gone wrong"
To celebrate the release of Trilogy 120, Limited Edition Cassette Boxsets will be available from the shop on the 28.05.12. There will be 2 boxsets models to choose from (Black & White) and each one will feature an exclusive new B-side track "Otolith".
By purchasing this product you will be supporting Independent Music but also celebrating physical media and instilling the necessity for it and the vitality of independent publishing and the handmade.
Ack Ack Ack Records Compilation Featuring Atom Eye Out Now __________________________________________________________________ 21.04.12
To celebrate Record Store Day Ack Ack Ack Records has put together a lovely tape compilation. Limited edition of 50 copies. C60 Cassettes in hand-screened sleeves. Keeping independent music interesting. Featuring Atom Eye, The Yuri Landman Ensemble, Transmontane, Year of Birds and many more….
Trilogy 120 - Part II "Single of the Week" on The Digital Fix ________________________________________________________________________________________ 15.03.12
"The distance tribal drums and pulsating guitars conjures images of a frightened chase down dark alleys pursued by hidden spectres in the second part of Atom Eye's enthralling debut offering. The build-up of suspense over the eleven minutes as the eerie sounds slide in and out of consciousness is a masterful display of evocative music and true experimentation, a daring move to bring ambient and drone music to a wider audience".
Panic Dots Review of Trilogy 120 - Part II ________________________________________________________________________________________ 15.03.12
"The opening of Trilogy Part II is a stroke of genius...it’s a testament to Elsie Martin‘s skill as an artist that she’s managed to take decontextualised children’s laughter, and make it even more terrifying than it usually is".
TRILOGY 120 - PART II available on Spotify ________________________________________________________________________________________ 30.01.12
You can now listen to Part II of The 120 Trilogy on Spotify HERE.
Atom Eye on Artrocker.TV ________________________________________________________________________________________ 27.02.12
"I created Atom Eye because I wanted the opportunity take the ideas I created in Phantom and push them further. I wanted to leave conventions & conventional song structures behind and explore the themes underlying the last record that I wrote: field recordings, drones, ambient noise and feedback."
Atom Eye Interview on "When the Music of Over" ________________________________________________________________________________________ 20.02.12
"Exploring this dark and rich world, listeners get in touch with a complete art experience, where cinema and music are strictly related. Elsie took some time to introduce the project, her influences and inspirations, and some tips for a bunch of directors worth-checking".
The Digital Fix Trilogy 120 - Part I "Single of The Week" ________________________________________________________________________________________ 06.02.12
...."A mighty fine example of blissed out drones with synths, reel-to-reel tapes & ebowed guitars creating a menacing, dark atmosphere that demonstrates a level of creativity and imagination sorely lacking from the pop superstars of late"
AAA Music Review (Trilogy 120 - Part I) ________________________________________________________________________________________ 06.02.12
"Atom Eye brings you experimentation with the flair and creativity needed to take you to another world. Certainly not run of the mill… around twice the duration of most singles and twice as interesting, it takes you into a different realm."
Review by Panic Dots Magazine (Trilogy 120 - Part I) ________________________________________________________________________________________ 02.02.12
"It's always a good start when the intro to a track makes you get up off the couch to make sure you’ve locked the doors and windows. The heavy mechanical breathing, a gradual drone that gets louder (and creepier) as more instruments join its sonorous climb, and an overall feeling of desolation befitting of the cold weather.... The sound is pure cinematic, conjuring apocalyptic images of abandoned buildings, rusted machinery, and a world over run by the undead – or maybe that’s just me and my penchant for George Romero".
"...What is sure to be a groundbreaking body of work over the next year!"
Fame Magazine Review (Trilogy 120 - Part I) ________________________________________________________________________________________ 02.02.12
..." the dark and rich elements of experimentation combined with analogue tapes, looping and reel-to-reel systems all work to build up the vision of a musical adventure, that has style and creativity in abundance. A remarkable adventure into the realms of experimental music"
TRILOGY 120 - PART I Available on Spotify ________________________________________________________________________________________ 30.01.12
You can now listen to Part I of The 120 Trilogy on Spotify HERE.
A Badge of Friendship Press Release "Introducing Atom Eye" ______________________________________________________________________________________ 17.01.12
"Atom Eye’s Trilogy EP will be released in three individual parts, each part will have it’s own artwork, video and sound, tying together the EP as a whole. The award-winning percussionist Pete Lockett (Björk, David Holmes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lee Scratch Perry, Primal Scream, Scanner) has contributed to Part I and II. This collaboration has been a perfect fit as Lockett worked extensively in the film industry, arranging and recording percussion for many Hollywood hits. Whereas Part III will see a collaboration from Mute artist, composer and producer Simon Fisher Turner - whose works include soundtracks for Derek Jarman's Caravaggio, The Last of England and The Garden as well as the David Lynch-produced Nadja; perfect additions to Atom Eye’s oeuvre".