Motor Eye

Motor Eye“… a brooding cosmic jam”Music is My Master

Motor Eye have expertly crafted a debut album that populates the fertile ground between the smooth jazz-pop of Steely Dan, the noir sampledelia of DJ Shadow, and the loping, dubby grooves of Massive Attack. The result is a rather cinematic affair – a musical travelogue that takes your ears from Detroit to Tokyo via Antibes.


Motor Eye

May 2006

Motor Eye have expertly crafted a debut album that populates the fertile ground between the smooth jazz-pop of Steely Dan, the noir sampledelia of DJ Shadow, and the loping, dubby grooves of Massive Attack. The result is a rather cinematic affair – a musical travelogue that takes your ears from Detroit to Tokyo via Antibes.


Wayne Harriss and Stu Medley of Motor Eye (formerly Holding Pattern) have record collections that are scarily similar. Scary because Steely Dan and 10cc feature heavily. Combine this with years of playing together with Andy Gill as the Perth sub-country jazz/rock three piece Resin and you have the chemistry for some fine tunes, which belies the speed at which their debut album Motor Eye was made.

Motor Eye is Wayne and Stu in their semi-electronic, experimental jazz-pop guise. Andy was dragged in as session drummer and squashed down onto one track for each of the songs. Wayne wears his producer’s hat and engineer’s cap for this LP and plays all the bass (Stu’s role in Resin) while keeping an archaic Akai sampler on the go. Stu plays guitars (Wayne’s role in Resin) and keyboards. Vocal duties are shared.

Now living in separate cities and both working in the graphic media world, Wayne and Stu are trying to get their act together to record a new album.



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    Hidden ShoalHidden Shoal is incredibly honoured to have been selected as one of Textura’s Ten Favourite Labels of 2018. Textura is, in our opinion, the premiere new music magazine and favourite of the label team for unearthing and exposing new and exciting new music. This is the second time Hidden Shoal has been selected in Textura’s best labels list and as always we are nestled against some other very special labels, all of who you should check out.

    Now for a very brief and unnecessary acceptance speech – we are nothing without our incredible roster of artists, who continually amaze, inspire and surprise us. Thank you all!



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  • Eat Your Friends: A Hidden Shoal 10th Anniversary Compilation

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    Stay tuned for special anniversary announcements in the coming months!

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    HSR005:  Glassacre Slow Attack EP
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    HSR007:  Toby Richardson Golden Days EP
    HSR008:  Various artists The Least Vestige of Land
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    HSR010:  Slow Dancing Society The Sound Of Lights When Dim
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    HSR012:  Tangled Star It’s Now or Later EP

    Twelve releases in the first eight months? We started as we meant to continue!

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  • Hidden Shoal Label Feature at Breakthru Radio

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  • Hidden Shoal Free Label Sampler Volume 5

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    Crushed and Reminded is available for free download from the Hidden Shoal Store, along with volumes 1 to 4.

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    “they continually showcase new, innovative artists to the masses” —The Silent Ballet

    “This generation’s 4AD” New York radio host and promoter DJ Mojo

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    During May the label will be running a number of promotions, including CD giveaways and HSR Store vouchers, as well as in conjunction with a number of other music sites and radio stations. Mailing list subscribers will be in for an extra special range of treats so be sure to sign up and get ready for the goods. All details will be revealed during the month, so stay tuned!

    Read a full press release here.

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    East-West Section is now available for free digital download from the HSR Store. Read a full press release here.

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    This event will be suitably HUGE! Be there or become the rhomboid you always feared you might.

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Motor Eye’s music is  available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.