Circuit Des Yeux
Indiana native Haley Fohr began her experimental indie folk project Circuit des Yeux in 2007, writing and self-recording disturbing, nightmare-like atonal pieces caked in distortion and tape hiss. Her debut LP, Symphone, was released in a limited edition by De Stijl in 2008, followed in 2009 by the more widely available Sirenum on the same label, as well as a 7" single on Dull Knife Records.
In 2010, Fohr released Ode to Fidelity, a three-song EP that signaled her shift to more song-based material. Her haunting vocals and unsettling lyrics took center stage. The third album Portrait arrived in 2011 with clearer recording quality and a live deconstruction of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire." After graduating college in 2012, Fohr moved from Bloomington to Chicago where she collaborated with various artists.
In early 2013, Circuit des Yeux released CDY3 showcasing a trio lineup with bassist Greg Simpson and drummer Clarke Joyner. The fourth album Overdue was recorded with Cooper Crain of Cave and Bitchin Bajas. It featured confessional folk songs alongside experimental noise pieces and received critical acclaim. In May of 2015, Thrill Jockey released Circuit des Yeux's lushly orchestrated fifth album In Plain Speech.