While still a member of Titus Andronicus in late 2010, guitarist Amy Klein teamed up with drummer Catherine Tung to form Hilly Eye and release the Fireworks EP. Since then, Klein’s left the Titus fold, written for various publications, briefly reunited with her brethren for an X-Ray Spex cover, and played in the folk-rock outfit Leda. But after signing to Don Giovanni Records earlier this year, Hilly Eye will finally release their debut full-length, Reasons to Live, on January 22nd.
Though the EP demonstrated the pair has some aural similarities to Titus, the full-length’s lead single “Amnesia” proves that Klein and Tung are headed in a vastly different creative direction. Musically, there’s something more sparse and primal to the barrage of methodical drums and guitar that alternates between gentle lull and fits of dissonance. But sailing above all the noise and chaos is Klein’s vocals, who tackles Titus-esque themes of patriotism with heart-wrenching depth and fragility. Stream it below.