Portland-based psych pop outfit Animal Eyes have just shared the new video for their single "Zeke/The Wizard" from their recently released second full-length effort Where We Go. "Zeke/The Wizard" diverges from older Animal Eyes releases in its more meticulously crafted instrumentation and impressive vocal flourishes.
The composition oozes a newfound and earnest ambition heralded in by an orchestral horn section at its onset, followed by the entrance of feral and almost pained vocals of lead singer Sam Tenhoff. In this song, Tenhoff's vocals bear more than a little resemblance to Jeff Mangum in the strain apparent when Tenhoff reaches for the upper register of his vocal range and in the occult lyrical subject of this eponymous wandering Wizard for which the track is named. The manic nature of Tenhoff's vocal delivery is exacerbated further by the addition of droning and fuzzed guitar licks and an almost constant euphoria induced by the light piano that is both mixed down, but undeniably prominent in the contrast it provides against the vocals. While this is only the groups' third studio effort (two LPs and one EP,) Animal Eyes already promises to be one of the few indie pop groups that actually get better with time.
Watch the video for Animal Eyes' "Zeke/The Wizard" below: