09 January 2015
Cirqles - 2014 - Meander
Trip-O-Meter: 4 out of 5
Falling headfirst through my submission and instinctively grabbing hold of the things that grab my ear. Here we've got a meeting of the nexus between dreampop, Meddle-era Pink Floyd, and trip hop. It's not a bad place to be. Draw a line from possible electronic future from the U.K. sound of the 90's had brit pop not stormed the land and you may find your way here. It's sort of like if Radiohead had gone for Kid A somewhere between Pablo Honey and the Bends. Not as nuanced as what we got, but teeming with softly pulsing vibrations of the strange.
While the opening track suggests a psychedelically bending Renaissance Fair, the tunes settle into a 1987 synth pop groove, with the drum programming stuttering a various frame rates. What do I dig most? The sweet spot becomes apparent on the silk road following "Clouds," mirrored with their mercury glistening ossification of "In the Dark." A groovy time is guaranteed for most.
Stretch out the new romantic tendons of your soul, and greet them with a touch of Thom Yorke despondence. The sound pans through your headphones - prog rock slipstreamed through digital electricity. Begin your journey here: