Third Eye Foundation is the project of Matt Elliot, a protagonist of the Bristol scene, first active with Flying Saucer Attack and then with Amp, but stylistically affiliated to the jungle scene. His approach to dance music harks back to 1970s industrial music, in particular to Throbbing Gristle’s cacophony, and therefore resulted in sonic puzzles of difficult appeal. On the debut album Semtex (Linda’s Strange Vacation, 1995), and on the collection of collaborations In Version (Linda’s Strange Vacation, 1996), Elliot was helped out only by Debbie Parsons.
Semtex (Linda’s Strange Vacation, 1995) is all about lo-fi production, atmospheric guitar textures (Seefeel-grade guitar-based ambient music) and jungle breakbeats. Sleep is the best amalgam of shoegazing and jungle. When the beat chills down, 3YF drifts in Orb-grade trance (Dreams On His Fingers, the 12-minute Once When I Was An Indian). Among attempts to build a classical music out of dance music, 3YF’s non-dancefloor drum’n’bass ranks as one of the boldest ideas.
A stronger dub vibration permeates the collaborations on In Version (Linda’s Strange Vacation, 1996). Short Wave Dub (with Amp), Superconstellation (with Crescent), Eyes (with Hood), the 17-minute Way Out (with Flying Saucer Attack) tend to be spacier and trancier. Each episode is stretched to the limit and ultimately annoys. This version of 3YF resembles Bill Laswell’s omnivorous and interminable dub jams.
1. A Galaxy of Stars
2. Fear Of A Whack Planet
4. Goddamit you've got to be kind
5. Half A Tiger
6. I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired
7. In bristol with a pistol
8. I've lost that loving feline
9. I've Seen the Light and It's Dark
10. La dispute [yann tiersen remixed]
12. Mute [faultline remixed]
13. Semtex (edit)
14. Stone cold said so
15. The Out Sound From Way In
16. There's a fight at the end of the tunnel
17. There's No End In Sight
18. Urchin Snuffed Candles
19. What is it with you
20. What To Do But Cry