Back in the Summer of 2018 a somewhat unexpected pairing popped up and completely blew all of us at KUTX away. I’m talking about Austin duo (and our July 2018 Artist of the Month) Night Glitter, although technically you could call them a supergroup, considering its core is composed of The Happen-Ins’ John-Michael Schoepf and longtime Thievery Corporation singer/svengali Loulou Ghelichkani. Since launching the project, they’ve learned that parenthood doesn’t necessarily preclude plugging in in the PM hours and producing under the veil of darkness.
And these aren’t just slight hitters. No, they’re noir-y psychedelic cross-genre bangers imbued with hypnotic synth-driven dream pop and Franglais lyrics, like if Cahiers du Cinéma came up with the Blade Runner soundtrack. And lately, Night Glitter’s hinted at a new collection of tunes, due for release sometime in 2023. Once again we’re expecting them to entrance us the moment they crank those analog knobs, as experienced during their seminal studio 1A appearance.
For those who haven’t witnessed Night Glitter live, they’ll be playing back-to-back 3Ten ACL Live performances opening for Poi Dog Pondering in late February. But for the sake of their fans’ well-being, Night Glitter also just released their first single of the year, “Magic Eyes”. From its initial crescendo all the way to its final breath, “Magic Eyes” is a gaze-inducing three-and-a-half minute piece of sonic sorcery that casts its spell with delayed-out vocals, an arpeggiated bridge, and a synesthetic sense of eye contact for your ears.