|Circus Of The West / Ring|
|Artist:||Circus Of The West||Added:||04/2020|
|1.||Aug 29, 2020:||Hanging in the bone yard |
|4.||May 29, 2020:||KZSU Time Traveler |
|2.||Jun 26, 2020:||KZSU Time Traveler |
|5.||May 22, 2020:||KZSU Time Traveler |
|3.||Jun 12, 2020:||KZSU Time Traveler |
|6.||May 15, 2020:||KZSU Time Traveler |
Saint Teresa, Giant Slayer, Love Always, Alex And The Knot
“Ring” Circus Of The West|
Fun, theatrical pop infused with guitar-driven rock energy. Songs are “about loss, hope, identity and connection,” according to their Bandcamp page. Lead singer and keyboardist, Edwin Caldie, packs a lot of punch and drama into his vocals — with an expressive voice you’d swear you’ve heard before. Great five-piece band from Minneapolis, including Joel Leviton (guitar), Benjamin Court (guitar), Jason Kapel (bass), and David Hoffman (drums). RIYL: Bare Naked Ladies, Lumineers, guitar-driven 90s pop-rock.
— Francis D.
Recommended: 4, 1, 5, 3 — but they’re all good.
1. (3:26) Giant Slayer — Uplifting pop rock anthem. The drama showcases Caldie’s vocals very well. Synth swirls used in the transitions — builds to a big wall of sound. ****
2. (3:46) Until It’s Not — Tuneful melody with a deliberate tempo. Strummed guitar with cracking drums and some orchestrated sections. Occasional tinkling piano. Wistful lyrics and vocals. ***
3. (5:34) Alex And The Knot — Pristine piano ballad that’s spare at the start, but builds into big anthemic choruses with roaring guitars, soaring vocals and some playful synths. Ripping guitar solos as well. ***
4. (3:59) Love Always — Beautiful, mid-tempo pop song. Vocals over picked and strummed guitar and chimey piano. Builds throughout, and has just a hint of folk-rock — especially at the end. ****
5. (4:32) Saint Teresa — Up-tempo pop-rock with traditional rock instrumentation, plus really nice horns. Full arrangement with chugging guitars and snapping drums. ***
6. (5:28) Forever With You — Throwback 70s, swaying guitar-centric pop-rock with a dash of folk-rock. Emotive vocals…I think with more band members sharing the lead vocals. Handclaps. Intricate rhythms. Nice lead guitar solos. ***
7. (5:45) Little Bit Of Sun — Gently rolling walk — uplifting pop rock with Americana leanings and a catchy chorus. Shifts into a drum-driven, soulful revival thing at the end. ***
|1.||Giant Slayer||4.||Love Always|
|2.||Until It's Not||5.||Saint Teresa|
|3.||Alex And The Knot||6.||Forever With You|
|7.||Little Bit Of Sun|