The Eye of Time is the solo-project moniker for French musician, Marc Euvrie. Acoustic is his second album (following on from 2012’s self-titled debut). Euvrie is known for his work across dark ambient, post-electronic, metal and hardcore – but, given his classical training there are, ahem, several strings to his bow. So Acoustic is gently coaxed into place via piano and cello for the most part – all instrumental and nothing to really link it at all to the DIY punk ethos Euvrie has worked under – save for his name being attached.
It’s a gorgeous set of heartbreaking tunes, sorrowful and full of longing, hints of Nyman and Glass film scores, traces of the sort of work James Blackshaw has been offering in recent years – particularly two cascading piano pieces in the middle of this album that have a similar feel to the stark keyboard playing Blackshaw offers.
The six pieces that make up the album are all named after places and times – set to evoke said place and time – for example the penultimate track is Exarcheia and invites the listener back to September 2008/February 2009 in Athens, Greece. It has the feel of the Kronos Quartet with their particular sense of brooding. The closing piece, is the hopeful Somewhere 2014 – yet another Blackshaw-esque tune, eventually rolling into a very focussed piece after gently tinkling into place.
I find this music stirring, deeply contemplative – it won’t be for everyone. But I love it.