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Circa Waves What's it Like Over There? Album Review

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It helps that a double feature like this feels like a logical next step for the band, who after three albums will undoubtedly be looking to further evolve and experiment with their sound, making this a perfect bridge into whatever comes next. Produced by Alan Moulder, the album also fared well, hitting number 11 on the U. Is ten tracks of subtle guitars and piano melodies. After writing a batch of songs and putting some demos online, he recruited second guitarist Joe Falconer, bassist Sam Rourke, and drummer Sian Plummer replaced by Colin Jones in 2015 , and the band undertook a few short tours of the U. Their melodic, propulsive rock sound, heavily inspired by the Strokes and also often compared to the Vaccines, was well-received by audiences, and such a buzz built around them that they were soon offered a deal with Transgressive Records, erstwhile home of Foals, the Subways, and Mystery Jets. Overall Circa Waves third album is a mixed bag of sounds that work perfectly together. In short, this album has the perfect springboard from which to propel itself, taking the group into new domains. Works brilliant on the album and separately which is difficult for many bands to do. There is quite literally something for everyone here. Sad Happy is a double album of sorts, with its first seven tracks — focused on the theme of happiness — being released in January. While its first half not a landmark evolution in form or formula, its second certainly tests new waters, but both show the Liverpool quartet are still making waves in the scene. The idea in itself is an admirable move into some kind of conceptualism from the Scouse band, showing a willingness to progress beyond the confines of their cut and paste approach to previous album releases. So wait for me sad happy, I know this feels like a dream, But the good times will come round. Props to the band for reaching for new horizons. In fact, the full narrative of the album would benefit greatly from a tracklist reshuffle. The upbeat nature continues with Be Somebody Good. Taking the increasingly popular route see: Foals and The 1975 in creating longer-form projects to release over time means bigger risks in that with more work and a longer promotional period, delivering a lacklustre album can be a death blow. Double albums are ambitious ventures but Circa Waves prove that they are at the apex of their career with an expertly delivered feature that highlights some of the best the Liverpudlian group have to offer. This angst-fuelled track is filled with a subtle piano melody under throbbing guitars. There is a vibe to this track that reminds me of and early days. God knows the genre is crying out for more of this kind of inventive thinking, but Circa Waves would benefit from seeing these ideas through with more conviction. The reception they received for their debut instilled the band with a greater sense of confidence, and as a result they returned to the studio almost immediately after touring; with their renewed vigor they created a heavier, beefier sophomore record, 2017's Different Creatures. While one does its best to stick to its roots, the other takes a chance on the darker side of the band. Circa Waves are also still picking up attention from mainstream press, without dragging the albatross of a huge breakthrough campaign — which has plagued the forward momentum of Indie-pop artists such as The Kooks and Foster The People. The four-piece have cultivated a solid fanbase over five years or so of relentlessly releasing and touring new material. Without shying away from their influences, the band has matured, and albums like 2017's Different Creatures and 2019's What's It Like Over There? The two halves together do make for wonderful contrast. The sweet piano melody is something unlike anything on the album so far. This is an album that will be played on the radio for years to come but not as the average radio rock but something new and exciting. The sartorial scousers made their full length debut about five years ago, and since then have continued to branch outwards. The Way We Say Goodbye follows that atmospheric tone; the ballad is surprisingly upbeat with hints on Coldplay. Kieran sells the emotion of the track with his stunning vocals. No I will not find, Myself tonight. And I will not find, Myself tonight, No I will not find, Myself tonight. Movies follows and my personal favorite, the track has this power to transport you to a past that seemed care-free. The track has a Scissor Sisters vibe that sets it apart from the whole album. While one focuses on the past, the other looks to the future. The tempo changes completely on Me, Myself and Hollywood a darker atmospheric sound that is the complete opposite to the first few tracks yet fits in perfectly. I was dancing with my eyes wide shut, Trying not to think too much, Too high to fall down. As opening album statements go, it is catchy and successfully conjures — if nothing else — the sense of happiness. In early 2020, Circa Waves returned with their fourth studio album, Sad Happy, which featured production by singer Shudall and mixing from Matt Wiggins and Dan Grech-Marguerat. A perfect dose of indie rock for the weekend. On a double album that demands its audience slow down and pay attention, this kind of sound works well for it, and if the band is truly set on continuously pushing their own boundaries, this is an incredibly interesting start. But I will not find, Myself tonight. Saviour goes out guitars blazing as the riffs sweep you away in a sea of sound. Definitely a band worth catching on a festival afternoon, but unless Circa Waves start to build upon the platform they have created for themselves with more bravery, they risk being condemned to the dreaded Indie landfill.。 。 。 。 。 。 。

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