“The stars are now dead.”
These two tracks, As Estrelas Agora Elas Estão Mortas and _____ / Myopia, form the epic climax of the EEVIAC album. The they flow into one another, so I usually prefer to experience them as a nine-minute unit. Google Translate reports that the title of the former track translates to The Stars Are Now Dead from Portugese. Other lyrics on the track may be in English, but are too electronically distorted to discern. The title of the latter track is indeed a blank space, followed by a forward slash, and then the word Myopia. I’ve got no leads on what, if anything the blank was intended to represent.
In a scored 5.9 out of 10 Pitchfork review, critic Michael Sandlin wrote of Myopia:
[The band actually does] attempt to deviate from familiar ground. And they do so with a mistake that could be heard as ungainly Mercury Rev referencing, or possibly, a plodding Galaxie 500- influenced instrumental that’s about ten minutes too long. A monotonous, unmoving, unlistenable space jam, it rightly is, kids.
For one, I believe Myopia is in the running for the most moving track I’ve heard so far in 2018. Maybe some additional context helps. The first time I had this album on the end was a few weeks ago. I was working in my class room after school, trying to get the SMARTBoard projector to run off of a Linux thumb drive. I finally got it up and running at the start of this track, and the first thing I projected on the board was the free Stellarium planetarium software. The board allowed me to manipulate the simulated night sky with broad hand gestures.
Maybe it’s just me, but standing before the vast cosmos, Myopia certainly enhanced what was already an independently moving experience. Imagine this, projected on the wall, in the dark, and move it all around with your hands, but instead of hearing the dude’s voice, imagine Myopia playing in the background. Pretty cool, right?
Anyhow, that’s my take on it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.