Atom Eyes presents ’Building Blocks’

"Building Blocks is a song about platonic relationships and the need for women and non-binary people, in particular, to talk to each other."
28 March 2022

FM Meets


Hi Atom Eyes! Please introduce yourselves to our lovely readers:

We are a female-fronted 5 piece neo-soul/funk/future jazz band based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

What’s your new single ’Building Blocks’ all about?

Building Blocks is a song about platonic relationships and the need for women and non-binary people, in particular, to talk to each other. Frontwoman Lissa says: “I wanted to write lyrics that represented how much I appreciate the relationships I hold. I had read an article about building neural pathways in the brain by creating positive experiences and, given all that was going on at the time in world politics, I really wanted to get past dividing people and look forward to building on safer, considerate and inclusive conditions for better experiences.”

Who are your biggest influences?

Each individual member brings an eclectic mix of influences to the band. Lissa (vocals/writer) is a huge fan of the likes of Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Amber Jeanne (Moonchild) and her influences also extend into the pop world, Ariane Grande for example. Fraser (guitar/producer/writer) and Scott (Drums/writer) are massive fans of Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, D’angelo, and most things hip-hop. Alan (keys) is from a more traditional jazz background and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tom (bass) plays a lot of straight ahead funk style music, and I think our sound can best be described as somewhere in the middle of that vast array of influences!

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If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I imagine we would all have very different answers to this one! Let’s say Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote, preferably alive.

What’s the music scene like in Edinburgh at the moment? Any new artists you can recommend?

Starting to very much come alive again post-Covid restrictions! Check out Becky Sikasa, Mother All Mighty and Jellyman’s Daughter.

What are your plans for the rest of 2022?

We have a single coming out (You Do You) in May which features Andris Mattson of Moonchild on trumpet, followed closely by the album (Blue Into Gold) release at beginning of June. We are also performing at various festivals (Doune The Rabbit Hole and Belladrum to name a couple!) and also heading out for a short tour at the beginning of June (Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Where can we find you online?

Any last words?

Well that sounds threatening.