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In a Cage: Paper Eyes Tape Archive Volume I

by Paper Eyes

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Voluminous Arts presents the first in a series of archival recordings from Gavilán Rayna Russom’s late 90’s freakout electronics project Paper Eyes. “In a Cage: Paper Eyes Tape Archive Volume 1” unearths 11 blistering and uncompromising selections from Rayna’s trove of cassette tapes made between her first two New York apartments, both industrial loft spaces in neglected corners of the city. The world was not ready for these sounds when Rayna was distributing small edition cassettes of them through local record shops and networks of friends in 1997 and 1998. Paper Eyes was too queer for the noise weirdos and the ill-beint scene and too weird for everyone else. The music on these recordings was created to utterly scramble the concept of genre and of course that meant everybody was like “what the fuck is this?” In 2020 it sounds remarkably up to date, finding a long needed home within the landscape of intentionally un-categorizable sounds that currently permeate the burbling undergrounds of Brooklyn and Queens. Across explosive bursts of dense static, harmonic clusters and feedback distortion with occasional barked, yelped or mangled vocal outbursts “In a Cage” captures the prescient qualities of Rayna’s creative output in her early 20’s, evoking the fragmented, disjointed and prismatic qualities of queer and trans experience alongside sonic landscapes of systemic frameworks in collapse. If asking yourself the question “what the fuck is this?” is an experience you actively seek out in your musical encounters, if you desire to be challenged and pushed to the edges of your notions of acceptability or if you just don’t like vanilla shit then this series is probably for you. “In a Cage: Paper Eyes Tape Archive Volume 1” follows on the heels of Ecstatic Recordings’ 2016 release “Source Cognitive Drive: Transmissions 1996 – 1998” which re-introduced the Paper Eyes sound to listeners after a nearly 20 year silence.


released May 1, 2020

Paper Eyes live at The Faceship 1997 photo by Robert Sheedy
Paper Eyes "In a Cage" photo story excerpts by Gavilán Rayna Russom, 1997


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