Circles Around the Sun

Sun Nov 07 2021 at 09:00 pm UTC-04:00

600 14th Street NW Washington DC 20005 | Washington

Circles Around The Sun
Publisher/HostCircles Around The Sun
Circles Around the Sun DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM | SHOW BEGINS AT 8:00 PM


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Circles Around the Sun
Los Angeles-based instrumental supergroup Circles Around the Sun returns with
the release of their self-titled, third full-length studio album, Circles Around
the Sun. The seven-track collection marks a stylistic shift from their previous
LPs. It’s an evolution that sees the band embracing a sleeker, shinier, even
DANCIER version of themselves – a cosmic disco of the body and the soul, still
anchored in the groove, but ascending to the stars. The thing is, their sound
isn’t the only thing that’s evolved. Since their last LP, Circles has undergone
a transformation internally. It’s a tale of life, death and rebirth, of love and
loss, of shedded skin and new beginnings. But let’s start with the new album,
shall we?
Recorded by legendary engineer Jim Scott (Wilco, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty) at
his studio in Valencia, CA, this new collection began with…a drum machine. The
Sequential Circuits Drumtraks™ from 1983, to be specific. The Circles band
members—guitarist Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams), bassist
Dan Horne (Cass McCombs, Jonathan Wilson), keyboardist Adam MacDougall (Black
Crowes) and drummer Mark Levy—were searching for a sound, something more upbeat
than previous releases. Cue the Drumtraks™. “The built-in beats on it are
actually pretty janky,” says Horne. “But we knew we wanted to make more of a
dancey, groove-driven album that would translate live, to give our shows a more
high-energy feel.” Drawing inspiration from P-Funk, Herbie Hancock’s Head
Hunters, and Beastie Boys’ slinky instrumentals, the band used the Drumtraks™
driving rhythms as the foundation for each song.
Album opener “Babyman” makes it clear the Circles Around The Sun ride is headed
in a new direction, closer to Air’s Moon Safari than the psych-jazz odyssey of
their previous LPs, Interludes for the Dead (2015) or Let It Wander (2018).
An origin story, for context: in 2015 Justin Kreutzmann, son of Grateful Dead
drummer Bill, invited Casal to compose the intermission music for the Dead’s
Fare Thee Well concerts, a victory lap celebrating their final shows. Neal
assembled the guys, recorded five hours of jams, and was surprised to find an
eager audience and label support from Rhino Records. And Circles Around the Sun
was born.
On epic disco jammers “Detroit Dos” and “Land Line Memories,” MacDougall’s
sizzling analog keyboards (like the Minimoog Model D and phaser-soaked Clavinet)
echo vintage library music and 1978’s crate digger fave Black Devil Disco Club
by Bernard Fevre. “This band was never something I thought would get done to a
click,” says MacDougall. “But we all talked about it being more of a fun record,
so we hung some mirror balls and played a bunch of dance music!”
As it happens, Circles’ new sound was created partly by design, but also partly
by tragic circumstance. On August 26, 2019, a week after laying down his tracks
for Circles Around the Sun, founder Neal Casal committed suicide. He left behind
a note for the group, asking for them to continue in his absence—to continue
recording, touring, and playing together. They’ve chosen to honor his wishes.
“Our mission is to extend Neal’s musical legacy,” says drummer Levy. “He was a
classy dude and had a regal vibe about him. The other side of it is the mental
health legacy. Maybe there are people out there in the same sort of darkness
Neal was in, who can hear us and say we can work positively on multiple fronts
in his memory.”
In this metamorphosis, Circles Around the Sun spans both heartbreak and hope.
Doors close; windows open; new directions extend themselves in mysterious ways.
But sometimes you know it’s real from the first beat. It just clicks. We’ll see
you on the dancefloor, at the festival, at the next jam session, where everyone
comes together and all is forgiven. It’s just how Neal would want it. It’s
Circles Around The Sun.

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