Single Review – Blood Red Shoes – Eye To Eye

Blood red Shoes first new single in just over three years might not be what some expected. Moving ever so slightly away from the murky depths of blues infused rock, with its grizzled chords and ominous cloud of passive aggressive discordance, as though you stepped inadvertently into a recording studio and accidentally interrupted a private argument, ‘Eye To Eye’ might just be a reflection of clarity between the Brighton duo. Blood Red Shoes, aka Laura-May Carter and Steven Ansell, have produced a single that is more alternative pop than rock. Hauntingly minimalist smoulder ‘Eye To Eye’ has lead singer Laura-May Carter’s modulated vocal adding an air of late 90’s Madonna and Shirley Manson to the spiral of limited instrumentation. While the track is much more focused on shimmering hypnotic synths than bitingly thrashed riffs there is still an air of menace amongst its tone, which is hopefully enough that the softening of the band’s rock sound won’t cause too many ripples through their expectant fan base.  

Hayley Miller