Circuit des Yeux is the solo project of Chicago-based artist Haley Fohr. A combination of folk chanteuse and noise maven, Fohr’s sound vacillates seamlessly between lo-fi and effortless-sounding songwriting sophistication. Between 2009-11 Fohr released three solo records and a series of EP’s and 7-inches with De Stijl, gaining international momentum with literally hundreds of live appearances around the world. Fohr’s highly anticipated 4th LP under the name Circuit des Yeux, Overdue (Ba Da Bing!, 2013), recorded over two months in a custom-built Chicago studio, is her most sophisticated to date. This most-recent work weaves a sonic bildungsroman, documenting the transition from collegiate cloister in pastoral Bloomington, Indiana to the noisy, haggard Chicago South Side.
What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
How and when did you get into making music?
When I was 18 years old someone told me that I “couldn’t make music”, so I did.
What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Sonic Youth – Confusion Is Sex
Neil Young – Zuma
Patty Watters – Patty Waters Sings
V-3 – Photograph Burns
What do you associate with Berlin?
Amazing parks with the greenest grass, great concrete exploration & Berghain !
What’s your favourite place in your town?
My backyard, it has a chicken coup, a sauna, a fire pit, & a secret roof top, which is my new place to practice.
If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
That is a secret too deep to share.
What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Drainoltih 2012 @ The Burlington (spectator)
How important is technology to your creative process?
Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have 2 younger sisters. They’re sometimes confused by my actions, but they’re very supportive. I love them more than anything.
twenty & dry