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Wonderfully Made

by Tears In X-Ray Eyes

Bittersweet tales of love and loss from a London bedsit - acoustic guitars, old synths and orchestral percussion create something truly heartfelt
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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1. Sleep Like A Dream
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2. In These Arms
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3. The Charge Of The Light Brigade
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4. Wherever You Are (You'll Find Me There)
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5. My Strange Love
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6. Science Fiction
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7. Who's Gonna Hurt You Now?
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8. You'll Know A Good Thing (When It's Gone)
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Album Notes
Tears In X-Ray Eyes is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Tim Closs and succeeds in bringing a much-needed intelligence, compassion and humour back to pop music. With a unique sound which has been described as "hauntingly glamorous... the sort of thing you'd hear round Massive Attack's house on Christmas Day" (playlouder.com) the band continues to carve out a niche somewhere very left of centre.

"Wonderfully Made" is a mini-album collecting all 8 songs from the band's two most recent EPs: "my strange love" (released in the UK in August 2002), and "sleep like a dream", (released in the UK in April 2003). The mini-album is one of the first releases on new US label "Chocolate Hearts".

Conceived in the summer of 2000, first release "Stained Glass / Don't Crush The One You Love" (test tube records, December 2000) made quite an impression for a white-vinyl-only double A-side, with NME's Jim Alexander declaring it "lovelorn lyrical sharpness not heard since Morrissey took a sharp right-turn into irrelevancy". A handful of solo gigs followed and word-of-mouth started to spread. NME made it to London's 12-bar club, calling it "far above the lone, unrequited boy norm... vulnerable, heartfelt and passionate".

"I was pretty surprised by the response", Closs confesses, "I didn't expect NME to start writing about it and coming to gigs so early on. It made me much more confident and determined not to be distracted from the sound I wanted to create". Comparisons ranged from The Smiths to The Flaming Lips. "I was really happy that people already seemed to understand what I was trying to do - write classic pop songs but twist them as far as they would go".

Second double A-side "Open Wide / London's Most Unwanted Child" (test tube records, April 2001) captured the student audience and confirmed Closs as a truly original songwriter ("shield your tender skin/don't rush headlong in/don't read those teenage magazines"). Sessions on college radio followed and it ended up in the top ten of several college radio playlists.

Shutting himself in his North London bedsit studio over the summer, venturing out only to enlist the talents of bass player Cameron Miller and drummer Anthony Christmas, Closs added the finishing touches to a debut album which fulfilled the promise of the two singles. "Half-Life" (test tube records, February 2002) is ten bittersweet songs of melancholic beauty. Those in-the-know raved, with What's On calling it "a work of pure genius... dark without ever being bleak... buy a copy not only for yourself but for everyone you've ever loved", while the band performed live as a 3-piece to a growing number of fans.

Following a session on Radio 1's "Blue Room" show, the band ventured back into the studio, resulting in 2002's enchanting "my strange love e.p". NME wrote "if robots ever fell in love it would sound like this", and the e.p. was played enthusiastically by Xfm, BBC London Live and BBC 6Music.

April 2003 saw the release of a further EP, "sleep like a dream". This was playlisted on London's Xfm for four weeks, and the band played numerous UK gigs and live radio sessions to promote the release.

The band's 2nd album is now complete and awaiting release in mid-2004.


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NME Singles, Jim Wirth

a tiny pop empire
Bedsitland calling. A DIY sneakster from north London, Tears In X-Ray Eyes is but one man - Tim Closs - but with his breezy gift for modest, multi-layered excellence, he's a tiny pop empire. 'Sleep Like A Dream' extols the same blurred pop virtues as the excellent Buffseeds. 'I am indie - hear me roar', it warbles, en route to the all-night garage for some Jaffa cakes.

Organ Fanzine (UK)

ambitious release
A rather different mix of relaxed electronica and refined acousticness, an unobtrusive lyrically sharp meeting of Lightning Seed craft and Mercury Rev sparkle this time around. They're from London and this is their fifth ambitious release, they're always worth your time.

Losing Today

a treasure trove
Feature star in the last Singled Out missive, the multi talented Tim Closs returns with four more trembling slabs of tear-provoking
passionate pop. Tim is one of those tortured artists who’ve been touched by the sadness stick, like Paddy McAloon before him, he has the
ability to tune into the frailty of the human psyche and release the pangs of heartache to a listening audience like a magician armed
with a hat full of rabbits, to this he ably applies emotionally sympathetic orchestrations that act as cathodes charging the senses and
heightening the tragedy. 'Sleep like a dream' opens the set, initially sounding like the Bunnymen it quickly unfurls to a sweetly
intoxicating upbeat pop gem that bears a passing exuberant glance to the Lightning Seeds. 'In these arms' is immersed in a piano-led
ballad-esque glow that recalls the more personalised and thoughtful moments from the Queen canon. 'The charge of the light brigade' from
its opening sequence would have you swearing it was Thom Yorke providing the vocals, the same cutting melancholia, the melodies swoop
and arc with pulsing grandeur, the peeping nature of the string arrangements give it a wintry Christmas appeal, a smouldering gem.
'Wherever you are (you'll find me there)' trickles with a romantic lilting beauty tinged with an underlying sombre and reflective mood.
Essential tools for listening, a box of hankies or a heart made of granite. A treasure trove.

Tasty Fanzine (UK)

beautiful lullabies
Four more beautiful lullabies from Tim Closs and his TIXRE pals. This sees the group treading an even more commercial sound than ever
before, with the title track coming on like a very commercial Suede track, but with a decent piano and guitar solo thrown in. Meanwhile,
'In These Arms', possibly the best track of the four sounds like Closs performing a solo in a church or something. Aided only by a piano,
his fragile voice sounds even more spint-tingling than ever. I dunno when someone is going to make TIXRE very famous indeed, but they
should pull their finger out and get it sorted.

NME Singles, Peter Robinson

if robots ever fell in love it would sound like this
The latest series of excursions in musical wonderment from the multi-talented Tim Closs involves the shambling approach, the lyrical
panache and the gift of melody of an electro Damon Gough. A Badly Rendered Boy, if you will. Four tracks of loneliness and aimlessness,
from the sparse ('My Strange Love') to the sweepingly orchestral ('You'll Know A Good Thing When It's Gone); if robots ever fell in love
(which the bastards never do) it would sound like this.

Atomic Duster

an exhilarating experience
A year since the release of their debut album "Half Life", Tears In X-Ray Eyes release 4 new tracks in the form of the "My Strange Love"
ep. The brainchild of singer/songwrite/producer/multi-instrumentalist Tim Closs takes lyrical influence from the more poetic artists of
yesteryear, such as Morrissey, and the lovelorn musical style has been hailed by papers such as the NME in a remarkably short space of

T: It's a refreshing thought when you realise that there is a resurgence of artists at the moment who consider lyrics to be one of the
most fundamental parts of good songwriting. Having to put up with the bile that is hyped chartwards such as Liberty X, Westshite, Blue,
Nelly et al, it makes listening to artists such as Tears In X-Ray Eyes an even more exhilarating experience.

N: Tim's ethic is one of a singer/songwriter who refuses to be drawn into any idea of a "new movement" of artists of this nature. Not
treading water, as he sees many of his contemporaries doing, his DIY approach to the production of his music shines through on this very
original of musical offerings.

T: Bugger. I thought we were going to get through an entire issue without using the word "contemporaries" for a change. Anyway, the
single gets better and better with each play. 9/10

Jewish Chronicle, Dan Cairns

you must buy this record
Every once in a while a band comes along who convince that rock’s tired old template still has a bit of life left in it.
The wonderfully named, North London-based Tears In X-Ray Eyes are such an outfit. Their 'My Strange Love' (Test Tube) takes the best
bits of electro-pop, some unashamed soul-searching, and the finest clutch of bitter-sweet romance-drenched lyrics since Lou Reed bared
his heart on 'Pale Blue Eyes' and wraps the lot in a Phil Spector-like sheen to create something genuinely affecting. You must buy
this record.

Tasty Fanzine (UK)

my word this is very, very, very good.
My admiration for Tim Closs and his close associates knows no bounds, and if it were possible, this beautiful ep is an improvement on last
years' album. "My Strange Love" ep contains four more spine-tingling hymns - the best of which, "Who's Gonna Hurt You Now?" sounds like
Brett Anderson fronting Spiritualized. My word this is very, very, very good.

CD Baby

Like that familiar sensation that you can't place, that tugs at the mind with an aching, persisting memory, this lush, expansive Brit pop seems to have always been there, seems to belong inside your head for reasons you can't place. Embracing influences as expansive as the revolutionary 60s, with the intermittent Beatles tweak, to the ingeniously lyrical 80s, reminiscent of the Smiths, to today's lush pop in the general vicinity of Coldplay, this group weaves a tight but comfortable sound, rich with atmosphere, resonance and nostalgia.

Robert Sharp

TEARS IN X-RAY EYES! Wonderfully Made!