Once Was You

by Laughing Eye Weeping Eye

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"These are patient songs, building atmosphere from sometimes seemingly nothing at all, offering the occasional climax but mostly devoted to creating meditative space for the listener. There’s a lightness even to the most layered drones here, and at the same time a seriousness of intent and unity of purpose that keep things balanced and compelling. The result, in the trim 30 minutes of Once Was You, evokes everyone from Eluvium to Julianna Barwick to Espers and exists in a world that almost no other bands reach."
-Dusted In Exile

"Laughing Eye Weeping Eye play buzzing, ancient-sounding tunes whose stately harmonies and compelling drones remind this wolf of Dead Can Dance and Nico. It can't hurt that singer and harmonium pumper Rebecca Schoenecker is also a tarot reader—she can definitely cast musical spells, especially with help from the band's other half, Patrick Holbrook, whose arsenal of stringed instruments includes Turkish spike fiddle and ukelin."
-The Chicago Reader

"Schoenecker haunts the ancient-sounding recording with Juliana Barwick-esque drift that soars to fill high-vaulted spaces with celebratory choral worship.... Listening to Once Was You’s heavy portents is like stumbling onto some rain-swept heath and receiving chance prophecy, only to realise all too late that the divining sages from whom such promise came were in fact Sirens and your future that merely of dust and shadows."
-[sic] Magazine

"this spine tingling set of brief invocations has been giving me a hell of a lot of joy recently.... It’s a hugely beautiful listen, drifting along like a Wicker Man dream sequence lead by Schoenecker’s wonderful voice."
-The Quietus

"If anything were ever this pagan on the daily for me, I’d’ve probably already made a house of leaves and full of insects.... Encapsulated in vibration harmoniously resonating throughout the insides of all humans, whether or not they listen. The eclipse of Laughing Eye Weeping Eye dawns upon “Earth” as an all-powerful and imprisoned vessel. Though, there’s much more to explain within Once Was You."
-Tiny Mix Tapes


released August 24, 2015

All songs written, recorded & mixed by Rebecca Schoenecker 2013-2014, except Scun Dun, which was written & recorded by Patrick Holbrook 2014. Vocals, Harmonium, Ukelin, Percussion, Recorder & Slide Whistle by Rebecca. Synth, Additional Vocals, Kemenche, Ukelin & Clarinet by Patrick. Mastered by Collin Gorman Weiland. Design & Layout by Steve Rosborough. Art by Rebecca Schoenecker. Photo by Laughing Eye Weeping Eye. Dedicated to Phyllis & Paul Schoenecker & The Three Fates. Gigantic thank you to Steve Rosborough.



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Laughing Eye Weeping Eye Chicago, Illinois

Somewhere between the black soil of earth and the void, exists the music of Laughing Eye Weeping Eye. Like her Tarot readings, Rebecca Schoenecker leads us through the unknown and esoteric, with lush vocals from gothic cathedrals and harmonium played in secret rooms. Patrick Holbrook, her consort, adds synth drones and strings via ukelin and turkish spike fiddle. The result is chilling and sparse. ... more

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