For the third time in its six-month-old career, Gayngs has released a cover of a '70s/'80s soft-rock hit that I couldn't sing off the top of my head, but I recognized it as soon as I clicked on the new version. It's as if the mostly local all-star collective knows all the once-ubiquitous but long-forgotten songs that are as engrained in my subconscious as the wallpaper in my childhood bedroom. The tune in this case is the Alan Parson Project's "Eye in the Sky," a No. 3 hit in 1982. It sets aside Gayngs' electronic mold for a straight-up acoustic version, but the cleverness is in the way the song was captured on video. It starts with Ivan Howard of the Rosebuds softly strumming the song walking down a farm road, presumably outside Justin Vernon's house/studio near Eau Claire, where they've been rehearsing; I'm guessing the location based partly on the shotgun blast at the very end of the clip. Click here to see what happens in between.
"Eye in the Sky" is one of two video clips the gang has released this week. The other is a live-in-the-studio version of "Faded High" (a song on the Gayngs album "Relayed"), filmed by www.MPLS.TV. All this activity is part of the buildup to the group's first tour, which kicked off last night at Milwaukee's Turner Hall (bootleg clip here). The two-week trek will include an appearance Monday night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and two shows during next weekend's Austin City Limits Festival, including an after-party thingie at Emo's nightclub. The "stripped-down" lineup for the tour features Gayngs originator Ryan Olson (Digitata, Building Better Bombs) with Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver, Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold, Jake Luck of Leisure Birds, Ivan of the Rosebuds, Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun and Mike Lewis of Happy Apple and Andrew Bird's band.