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  • Vinyl (31 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B00004WWRG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,948,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for an introduction to Matt Elliott's work, this is a good place to start. It's a stunningly beautiful album that can't fail to move you. The form is loop-based and therefore repetitive which occasionally leads to standard pile-up crescendos as the only real development. This linear layering can seem somewhat impenetrable at first but rewards repeated listening. The second track is the only really over-egged pudding here. Reservations are soon forgotten, however, as the bitter-sweet mood envelopes and entrances the listener. The slowed and treated sounds form gorgeous, melancholy textures which are melded together with visionary insight. A master at work. Links to The Third Eye Foundation and other electro/sampling maestros are featured on the London Labyrinth web-site.
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There is this idea that sound, like image, never disappears, it just floats out into the ether, beyond our range of hearing. Matt Elliott seems to have made some sort of machine to collect these sounds, and now he wants to share his findings with us. Pinned to a scattershot drum and bass background, like butterflies to a collector's case, the noise of something and someone is slowly unravelled. Ghosts waiting to be exorcised somersault through the entire album, and the intense melancholy piles up with the sounds of lost opera singers and the rantings of the strays. Yes, I love this album, it scares me stupid in the wee small hours, but it's that feeling that you're listening in on someone's experiments to contact lost souls that makes this truly exciting. Be afraid, but bask in its intensely human warmth aswell. Beautiful.
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This is a real gem of a record.I only found out about Third eye foundation because of there remix of a Blonde Redhead track but im glad i did.Its not a million miles away from The Durutti Columns Vini Reilly album what with its use of Classical vocals and moody atmospherics.Great stuff!!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b562294) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x9bc07e10) out of 5 stars Soundtrack for a Foggy Evening 25 Oct. 2004
By Bryan M. MCNEELY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fans of former Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder and his personal project, "Recoil," should enjoy this haunting album. While Recoil's album structure relies on spoken word vocals to tell a story, "Little Lost Souls" does it without having to say much. If there ever was an album to keep you on the edge of your seat while driving in backwoods country during a crisp, foggy evening, it's this one. 3EF (Third Eye Foundation) carefully constructs eerie ambient soundscapes without ever sounding tired or uninteresting (a problem with some trance-based atmospheric artists).

Atmospheric music can easily be ruined by the overusage of vocals if they dominate the ambience. On "Little Lost Souls," 3EF carefully adds them to give the tracks a more "humane" sound. Never does any track feel forced, nor do they sound typical of the genre. Aphex Twin, who may be a distant cousin to 3EF, can sometimes come across a little weak and "thrown together" as to meet an apparent deadline.

It's an excellent album and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys "intelligent" techno and/or dark music that could very well appeal to electronic music fans who don't care much for the bright lights of clublife.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc07e64) out of 5 stars The best yet from Third Eye Foundation 14 Feb. 2000
By Bryan O'Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Matt Elliott's third full-length release as "The Third Eye Foundation" returns from the edgy screeches of his last album towards a more melodic, but still twisted, base.
As in his first album, "You Guys Kill Me", Elliott makes much use of detuned instruments that sound mournful and lost. He adds to this rhythms that range from low-key pattering breakbeats through drilling assaults that prove surprisingly pleasant to the ear.
"Little Lost Soul" makes restrained use of samples of overwrought opera singing; this fits into the music much more cleanly than I had expected, as I am now sadly too used to djs slapping some random qawwali singing into a dance track and calling the resulting egregious mess "world music".
I've been playing this album repeatedly for several weeks, and I love it. It's great to come across an English electronic musician once in a while who is not in huge debt to Aphex Twin, and who is willing to eschew the current fascination with "jazz and drum and bass" fusion in favour of darker shores.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c32b9b4) out of 5 stars Eerie and Melancholy Soundscaping. 8 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I listen to music, I like to see what is being conveyed. I like to be swept into an aural world that engulfs my mind. This album does exactly that. This and "You Guys Kill Me" are easily the most assessable of Third Eye's work, and in many ways the most visceral. "What is it with you" is a wonderful track that brings to mind Alien/Native American cries to ancestors long since gone from this world. "Lost" stands out as one of the most emotionally wrenching tracks I have heard. It conveys a beautiful, intense and eerily melancholy stance that reminds me of a lovechild between ELpH era "Coil" and "Godspeed you Black Emperor". This whole album has a weird quality to it that makes it seem like a musical soundtrack to a spirit's search for home. It is because of this quality that the album is so affective and selective with its listeners. Some people will not "get" this album, but for me, it is one of the most unforgettable albums I have ever heard. 4 ½ rounded to a 5.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc089a8) out of 5 stars what the...? 16 Oct. 2004
By M. A. Piasecki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this cd on a whim after recalling the artists name on a friends mp3 audio playlist. I figured what the heck, try something new.

I was totaly blown away. After listening all the way though the CD I immediatly sent him (Matt) an email congradualating him on what he has done. Being a big fan of the movie Amelie i picked up on a few samples right away and knew exactly who they came from. It was brilliant.

I dont know what type of music this is called..trance, ambient or what have you, but this CD became a bit of an emotional attachment for me. There are alot of memories in my life from the past few years that are tied to this album. Coming from a more punk rock/ rock n roll background i was skeptical but all I can say is...

GET IT. NOW.

But dont feel discouraged when you never find anything to compare to it again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc08348) out of 5 stars Even better 3 Mar. 2000
By Matthew D. Mercer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Matt Elliott's TEF has followed an interesting progression over the years, from the fuzzy shoegazer clatter of "Semtex" to the breakbeat, mutant rock of "Ghost," and then the last album, "You Guys Kill Me," with its bossanova rhythms, warped samples and cleaner production. "Little lost Soul" follows YGKM with even cleaner production, and the abrasive quality of the earlier albums has almost disappeared. Instead, we are treated to more delicate treatments, a more pronounced musicality, less obviously distorted samples and a certain comfort in approaching his music with accessibility but with a high degree of sophistication. The bad puns still persist ("I've Lost That Loving Feline," for example, is a eulogy for his cat), but the music has improved ten fold from YGKM. Where he will head from here is uncertain, but LLS is highly recommended with its combination of delicate arrangements, breakbeat, vocal samples (more singing samples than ever before) and treatments.
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