Eyedress

Twenty-three year old Filipino Idris Vicuña, aka Eyedress, makes ghostly synth-pop that belies its humble origins in a Manila bedroom. A perfect soundtrack to the witching hour...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 10 Feb 2014
  • min read
Twenty-three year old Filipino Idris Vicuña, aka Eyedress, makes glimmering, ghostly synth-pop that belies its humble origins in a Manila bedroom.

Debut EP Supernatural, which surfaced late last year, sounds place-less and detached. Its four tracks, including stand out Nature Trips, come laced with unhinged vocals and hyper-reality production that lends itself perfectly to the witching hour.

Recorded and produced in a bedroom at his parents’ home using an old laptop handed down from his dad, the set marked a change in Idris’ musical direction and also his fortunes.

In 2012 he left shoegaze outfit Bee Eyes - self-dubbed 'the best band in the Philippines' - to experiment with his own music.

Teaming up with singer Skint Eastwood shortly after, his rich palette of living, breathing synthesized noises took on new form with her solid pop vocals. They also managed to prick the ears of A&Rs at XL Recordings' imprint Abeano.

The pair has since supported Canadian synth supremo Grimes and post-dubstep producer How To Dress Well, while his beats have popped up on a new mix from London’s DJ Oneman.

Eyedress' latest release, Teen Spirits, carries on where Supernatural left off, carrying echoes of  Glass Candy mixed with Psychocandy-era Jesus and Mary Chain. Watch his self-directed video below.

Later this month he'll be heading to Europe for his first ever UK tour and is finishing up his debut album, which has been slated for a spring release.

https://www.facebook.com/eyedress

Upcoming UK dates:
21 February, London - Seabright Arms (NME show)
4 March, London - Village Underground (with Jungle)