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Human Eyes album release, Ryan Gustafson, Stu McLamb 

When: Fri., Aug. 3, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $5

As a band name, Human Eyes can read not only as a pun on its homophonic verb but can also point to two opposing outlooks: First there's a feeling of hope, or finally knowing the world's wonders. Then there's the inverse, the notion that truly seeing the world means exposing yourself to its horrors.

Thomas Costello, the Chapel Hill songwriter behind the moniker, leans toward the latter explanation. "I used to cry every day when I thought of answers locked away and the need to fight from last to first," he sings on "Born to Die," a highlight from The Human Eyes' debut,Guiding Eyes for the Blind. "But now I see with human eyes that answers are just well-read lies."

Drifting from new wave bass and shoegaze riffs to reverb-soaked folk, the album's variety of styles comes unified by Costello's emotionally rich lyrics and comfortably fuzzy production, courtesy of local singer Ryan Gustafson.

"Ryan Gustafson and I play each other demos a lot, and at some point he offered to record a few of them and it turned into a record," Costello explains. "He wanted to learn more about recording, and I wanted to actually finish something."

The Human Eyes hit the Nightlight alongside Gustafson and Love Language frontman Stu McLamb for this debut. mdash;Jordan Lawrence

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