Circa Survive has come a long way for me, in my considerations for some of my favorite bands. I’ll admit, this was one of my more anticipated albums for this year, and I’m happy to report that it was worth the wait.
People tell me that they can’t get past the sound of Anthony Green’s voice, but I feel like he has the same effect that Mars Volta front man Cedric Bixler-Zavala has as an added instrument of sorts. It’s also been noted several times that Green is often one for on stage theatrics, wearing dresses and moving about the stage as if he’s possessed.
I appreciate that he’s not a selfish musician, stating in their 12 part video series from Circa Survive’s MySpace that “anyone who says they are the band…it’s all bullshit”. I feel like it’s rare that it is OPENLY mentioned that one person is not the band.
But I digress. Blue Sky Noise is the band’s third shot in the game, and I think they’ve hit the target yet again. The numbers don’t lie either, with the band making its way to the number 11 spot on the charts. Back again is Esao Andrews to do the cover art and it looks very Circa Survive.
The album opens up on an upbeat flow of synthesizers and guitars before the drums and bass are brought in. Also to note, I’m a fan of the connecting songs throughout Blue Sky Noise, giving a sense of near seamless energy. The first track, Strange Terrain speaks of a revelation of what the hell is going on in life, and if we even want to take the responsibility to take control of it.
Strange Terrain melts right into one of my favorite tracks off the album, Get Out. Not only was this song great musically, but the subject matter gave me the missing feeling that Anthony Green brings to the game; being poetically vicious if you will with his lyrics. It’s definitely a song to dedicate of that leech whom you tried your hardest with, but you still can’t stand. This song also marks an interesting pacing for drummer Steve Clifford, switching between steady flow to his usual fury of percussion.
Second on my list of favorite tracks was track 6, Through the Desert Alone, from the eerie echoes of the guitars. Also during the songs introduction was a great to time to pay attention to the gritty feel of the filter that Nick Beard relayed through his bass. The bass on this song, while simple, was definitely one of my favorite on any other Circa song across the span of their trio of albums. While it seemed to be a song that sang of defeat, it still shone brightly for me.
Finally, the 9th track, Spirit of the Stairwell rounded out my group of favorites. It wasn’t an easy choice with so many great tracks on the album. The lyrics were wonderfully twisted, pointing the finger to an abandoning lover. Musically, the mood of the song is gorgeous, with the added piano becoming a welcome addition.
This album was worth the wait for me, and I think fans old and new will love it. I do however recommend that you run out and get the deluxe version as I did, as it comes with the Safe Camp Sessions version of Get Out. That alone is worth the extra price. For you Los Angeles kids, Circa Survive is playing at The Fox Theatre in Pomona if you want to check out the live show.
Until next time my friends, ~Flak