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Circuit Des Yeux Releases Video For New Single “Vanishing” & Announces UK/EU Tour Dates

September 30, 2021
credit: Evan Jenkins


Circuit des Yeux (Haley Fohr) has released a new single and video taken from her Matador Records debut, -io, out October 22. ‘Vanishing’ is Circuit des Yeux at her most all-consuming, with driving strings that border on Bond theme leading to a howling chorus refrain, with Fohr’s sonorous 4-octave voice at centre stage. The self-directed video for ‘Vanishing’ sees Fohr veering between different personas and backdrops, channelling the multifaceted drama, absurdity and apocalypse which underpin the album

Fohr says:
Vanishing is an account of climate change and loss through the final stage of grief.
In this video I embody our evolving consciousness toward Earth and its health by representing four characters.
Lemonade Lady is the evasive optimist who is unwilling to acknowledge her changing surroundings.
Prepared Weather Person is the anxious prepper; ready for the worst and isolated by fear.
The Mortal Sufferer gets blown away in a field and serves as evidence that us corporeal beings are at the behest of our environment.
And Worm Girl personifies the stoic reality that all things human undoubtedly decompose in time.

A breath enters the ambiance and initiates the proceedings, rumblings start to form and soon this mammoth cadence fiercely brings the release to an imperative and crucial journey. “Vanishing” is an exploratory piece filled with feisty tonality and this complex landscape. “Vanishing” will stop you in your tracks, this bold and innovative creation is one of the most moving, chaotic yet immersive releases of our time. A flawless masterpiece.

The vocal notes join and dazzle, this buoyant and fierce range emerges through the harmonies on offer throughout the release and adds this intense influence into the brooding arrangement. Lyrically, this reflective piece engulfs the audience, visually bold and destined to leave this harrowing impact.

Circuit des Yeux continues to craft these mystical ensembles that showcase their sublime range as an artist. The accompanying film adds to the addictive nature of this mesmerizing artist. A visionary in their element.

Circuit des Yeux has also announced European and North American tour dates for 2022. The live band, consisting of Fohr (vocals, guitar, sampler), Ashley Guerrero (drums), Andrew Scott Young (contrabass) and Whitney Johnson (viola), will be joined on select dates by a string section. This includes a special performance at the Barbican Centre’s Milton Court Concert Hall accompanied by a quintet of soloists from the London Contemporary Orchestra on April 6th. Tickets are available HERE. A full list of dates can be found below.
‘Vanishing’ follows the videos for previous singles ‘Dogma’ and ‘Sculpting The Exodus’. The latter sees Fohr descending in slow motion from a series of -7’ free-falls, for which she trained with stunt coordinator Talin Chat (The Mandalorian).

-io is the sixth album by vocalist and composer by Circuit des Yeux. A celebrated figure in Chicago’s music community, she has released acclaimed albums via De Stijl, Thrill Jockey, and Drag City and toured throughout the world. However, -io is Circuit des Yeux’s most ornate and elaborate work to date – a set of compositions that nest Fohr’s otherworldly four-octave voice amid a 24-piece string, brass, and wind ensemble. The album was put to tape last fall by Cooper Crain at Chicago’s Electrical Audio studio and mixed by Marta Salogni (Bjork, Holly Herndon) with Fohr acting as arranger and producer. Written in the wake of personal loss and recorded in the midst of the pandemic, -io maps a geography of grief – a place where “everything is ending all the time.” While Fohr’s music has never been short on ambition, these songs are striking in their brilliance and strangeness. On -io, Circuit des Yeux has delivered a work that is vivid, immense, and fully illuminated. 
Read the album bio by Sasha Geffen HERE.

Circuit des Yeux ­– -io
1. Tonglen In Vain
2. Vanishing
3. Dogma
4. The Chase
5. Sculpting the Exodus
6. Walking Toward Winter
7. Argument
8. Neutron Star
9. Stranger
10. Oracle Song
Pre-order –


Fri 25-Feb 2022 – Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey 
Sat 26-Feb 2022 – Astoria , OR @ Anita (solo)
Sun 27-Feb 2022 – Portland, OR @ The Old Church 
Tue 01-Mar 2022 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Wed 02-Mar 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pico Union Project 
Sat 02-Apr 2022 – CH, Bern @ Dampfzentrale
Mon 04-Apr 2022 – DE, Berlin @ HAU 1
Wed 06-Apr 2022 – UK, London @ Barbican Centre, Milton Court Concert Hall
Fri 08-Apr 2022 – NL, Den Haag, Rewire Festival
Sat 09-Apr 2022 – BE, Brussels, BRDCST Festival
Mon 11-Apr 2022 – FR, Paris @ Centre Pompidou
Wed 13-Apr 2022 – FR, Lille, L’Auditorium du Conservatoire

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