HeadShy: “The Light That Guides The Blind”
Austin-based quartet HeadShy has just released their new “triple EP” La Belle Epoque. The album is modeled after Peter Süskind’s acclaimed 1985 novel Das Parfum, specifically a monologue from lead character Giuseppe Baldini who describes:
“Just like a musical chord, a perfume chord contains four essences, or notes, carefully selected for their harmonic affinity. Each perfume contains three chords: the head, the heart and the base, necessitating 12 notes in all. The head chord contains the first impression, lasting a few minutes before giving way to the heart chord, the theme of the perfume, lasting several hours. Finally, the base chord, the trail of the perfume lasting several days. Mind you the Egyptians believed that one can only create a truly original perfume by adding an extra note, one final essence that will ring out and dominate the others…”
So La Belle Epoque is divided into three EPs, The Head Chord, The Heart Chord, and The Base Chord, each with a distinct character and sound. On “The Light That Guides The Blind,” from The Base Chord, HeadShy finds themselves embracing the psychedelic roots of guitarists Reese Beeman and James Adkisson who were formerly in the psych-rock group 7% Solution. With jangly guitars, simple chord progressions, and loads of reverb, “The Light That Guides The Blind” shines bright.
La Belle Epoque is out now via Medicina Records in some interesting ways. You can buy the album in sets of perfume bottle USB sticks, on a traditional CD, or as a digital download. Check it all out on their website!