Cyclope Espion Does it His Way
When you call yourself a “DIY singer-songwriter,” the possibilities are endless. Even though going it alone in the music industry is no small feat, it also allows for a certain amount of creative freedom. It has allowed the artist Cyclope Espion to move from France to New York and to record music that became the album Friday Night Epithaph. The recently released LP showcases Cyclope Espion’s original blend of pop and folks styles, with lyrics in French and English in a way that might not be possible if not for the DIY approach.
Cyclope Espion’s lyrics are fairly cryptic throughout the album and for the most part, he keeps personal subjects close to the chest. “Wishful Thinking” bucks that trend, however, as he describes a maligned relationship. Even though he is perhaps at his most emotionally forthcoming, the nature of the relationship between the narrator and the subject remains vague. In one of the more telling passages, he writes, “You said you wouldn’t but you did/ you left me on the side of the road/ you said you couldn’t but you did/ you hurt me more than anybody should.” He then goes on to describe how the prospect of remaining friends with the person after the fact is an ill-fated pursuit.
Elsewhere on Friday Night Epitaph we get small hints into a somewhat dark disposition for Cyclope Espion. There are the lyrics in the opening moments of “Friday Night Epitaph” where he writes, “There’s nothing left that matters, ‘cause nothing is new.” Then there is the story of “Mad Love & The Self,” where he describes concocting a perfect romantic partner in his mind, presumably after being through a traumatic relationship. In the chorus, he writes, “I’m madly in love with someone I’ve made up.” All of these examples reflect an artist who is in touch with his emotions and not afraid to share them with the world, darkness and all.
Cyclope Espion clearly has a unique perspective and musical voice that comes across throughout the duration of Friday Night Epitaph. His DIY nature allows him to enjoy creative freedom, and his music reflects that honest artistic expression. It also, however, gets him into a little bit of trouble with pitch issues in his vocals and some of the songs sounding similar to each other. All in all, though, Friday Night Epitaph is an interesting listen and makes us curious and hopeful for Cyclope Espion’s future.