Hilly Eye is a tricky band for me. I like the idea behind the act: one member on drums, the other on guitar, and both on vocals. Amy Klein’s (formerly of Titus Andronicus) vocals take the lead and are quite strong. But I can’t pin them down. Are they riot grrrl, atmospheric pop, or might they fit in more with a 1990s D.C. scene? After fumbling around with comparisons, the last of those is the best one I can think of. It’s not hard to imagine Hilly Eye—should they find themselves in the ‘90s—touring with Shudder to Think or Tsunami. Hilly Eye can rotate between loud and soft and their lyrics are appropriately vague. The ten songs that come in at forty-two minutes go by quickly and effortlessly. Unfortunately, this isn’t an album that ever comes out and grabs me. It’s not played incompetently, it just doesn’t have anything that’s impressive or hooky. It’s safe to say Hilly Eye has me intrigued, though, and I’d be interested in hearing what they do next.
–kurt (Don Giovanni)