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Haley Fohr’s music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centerpiece and guiding force. On In Plain Speech, Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community; Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin Bajas), Adam Luksetich (Little Scream), and Kathleen Baird (Spires That In The Sunset Rise). Fohr cements her reputation as a fearless songwriter and inventive arranger with this stirring collection of songs that are both gorgeous and emotionally potent.
In Plain Speech represents the start of a new, more collaborative chapter for Circuit des Yeux. While previous works were solo affairs, not only in performance, but emotionally tied to a sense of confinement and place, these new songs were composed after a move to a collective living space, giving Fohr an opportunity to break free of the isolation that informed her previous albums. Fohr brought her community, literally, to the recording. In Plain Speech continues her collaboration with Crain, but it is her first recording with a full band, who are all leaders in Chicago’s new wave of creative musicians. Her songs, while always potent when delivered solo, shine in this new band context. Companionship and solidarity are themes woven throughout the album. “Do The Dishes” is a meditation on sisterhood, and a message to other women to take risks, follow their passions deeply and to love themselves. “Fantasize the Scene” explores the idea of eternal friendship.
Sun Sept 20th Tilburg, Netherlands – Incubate Festival
Mon Sept 21st Aalst, Belgium – Netwerk
Tue Sept 22nd Duesseldorf, Germany – Filmwerkstatt
Wed Sept 23rd Karlsruhe, Germany – Kohi
Thu Sept 24th Luzern, Switzerland – Suedpol
Fri Sept 25th Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Bourg
Sat Sept 26th Duedingen, Switzerland – Bad Bonn
Tue Sept 29th Paris, France – Cafe L’Olympique
Wed Sept 30th London, UK – Cafe Oto
Thu Oct 1st Manchester, UK – The Eagle Inn
Fri Oct 2nd Glasgow, UK – The Hug & Pint
Sat Oct 3rd Bristol, UK – The Lantern w/ Xiu Xiu
Mon Oct 5th Luxembourg, Luxembourg – de Gudde Wëllen