The Farthest Shore

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Here's what I wrote about this album when it came out in 2008 (minus some embarrassing hype-ish things):

"Initially conceived as a short-ish musical movie (featuring a type of animation that hasn’t been invented yet) telling the story of a young man who embarks on a quest to find someone he has inadvertently turned invisible. Along the way he has some bizarre adventures involving a gigantic ocean liner, a talking airplane, a guerilla army of cats, and a power-mad movie director.

Needless to say, it was an ambitious plan that had no chance in heck of ever actually coming to fruition. Other ideas came and went (like a graphic novel, a children’s book, etc.) and while they were coming and going, National Eye recorded what was to be “the music” for the project. This amounted to 12 songs that loosely mirrored the events of the story but since it was never intended to be a strict “rock opera” type deal, function as songs in their own right.

Which is a good thing, because after an exhausting year of insane ideas, National Eye finally decided to move on and just put out the songs as songs, the album as an album, and let the Broadway Musical version (for instance) of The Farthest Shore exist solely in the fevered brains of the band and listeners.

Recorded, as ever, in songwriter Rick Flom’s South Kensington home and mixed by The Spinto Band’s Nick Krill (in the same house because he also lived there at the time), The Farthest Shore features all original Eye members as well as a host of talented musicians from The Capitol Years, Dr. Dog, Buried Beds, Adam Arcuragi, Ted Fleath’s Gargantuan Windbags, and string arrangements by Gretchen Lohse."

That's all mostly true. The storybook idea seemed neat in my mind, but was probably always pretty undercooked. Jeff Love would've killed it if I'd had my shit together. Oh well. Albums are ok, too.



released October 14, 2008


Will Baggott
Gianmarco Cilli
Richard Flom
Douglas Kirby
Jeff Love
Gretchen Lohse
Sir Kyle Lloyd
Shai Son of Eli
Charlie Hall
Thomas Bendel
Todd Starlin
Joshua Newman
Rory Connell
Nathan Lohse
Zach Miller
Janka Perniss
Adam Arcuragi

Art by Jeffrey Alan Love

Recorded by National Eye

Mixed by Nick Krill

Mastered by Burleigh Seaver



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National Eye Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

National Eye is a psychedelic band from Philadelphia. Formed in 2002, the group has recorded four albums, all in their home studio: The Meter Glows (2003); Roomful of Lions (2005); The Farthest Shore (2008); and Ramparts (2012). They are: Will Baggott, Gianmarco Cilli, Rick Flom, Douglas Kirby, and Jeff Love. Auxiliary members have included Sir Kyle Lloyd and Gretchen Lohse. ... more

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