Yikes. After chancing across a photo post on Facebook of a see-through glass eel, I just had to find out more about these utterly transparent creatures. According to an ex-curator of Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, this glassiness happens in the first two stages in the life cycle of your American Eel-next-door. In their second stage, they gain their adult shape and migrate to estuaries on the Atlantic coast. Only in the third stage do they gain both colour and size. National Geographic agrees.
It’s pretty bold to release a 25 track double CD as your first album, but singer-songwriter Benji Hughes doesn’t care. Themes of love and heartbreak run though the album and his folk-tinged pop draws comparisons to Beck, The Eels and The Magnetic Fields. [portrait by Vanessa Prager]
I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I’ve never listened to The Eels before. Yup, blame it on all the other sweet stuff circling the globe right now. So how lucky am I then that The Eels have decided to release the aptly titled Meet The Eels, a compilation of their sweetest music from 1996 -2006.