Doe Eye, May 12, Neurolux 

Doe-eyed Girl

Don't let the fey name fool you. Performing as Doe Eye, multi-instrumentalist Maryam Qudus delivers a wicked combination of tracks on her debut full-length Television (May 2014, self-released), saying it best herself in the single "Diamond": "My mother always said I'm a diamond / 'cause I'm rough."

Songs employ wildly diverse sounds, some starting in the land of sweet pop, others ending the ride in a kind of free jazz ether. Throughout it all, Doe Eye's breathy vocals can lend a sense of melancholy one moment and, under a waterfall of distortion, feel almost ominous the next, while glittery melodies share space with discomfiting off-kilter beats.

With John Vanderslice (who has worked with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon and St. Vincent) sitting in the producer's chair, Television is one of the most interesting, most listenable and most addictive debuts to come out in a while.

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