CIRCULUS - The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent

Circulus - The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent

9 songs
39:41 minutes
***** *****
Rise Above


How many mushrooms must Circulus from England have eaten to find such a long title for their debut CD? The colourful cover artwork looks very psychedelic, promising a trip into hallucinatory regions. The ten member of the band look even more downtrodden than the Kelly Family. Although everything seems so far quite dubious, the CD is a real surprise. Circulus play a wonderful mixture of pop, rock, acid, folk, pagan and psychedelia. In order to create their fantastic psychedelic medieval rock, they combine modern rock instruments with retro and traditional instruments like organs, analogue synthesizers, moogs, flutes and mandolins. To be absolutely authentic, these hippies sing about fairies, flowers, bodies made of sunshine and burning of scarecrows. You may say that Circulus are stuck in the past, but exactly this is Circulus' strong point. The album is produced as if it was recorded over thirty years ago. Parallels to Focus, Lindisfarne, Jethro Tull and ELP come to my mind. Highlight of the record is Swallow, a hit by Jade in the 70s, with Circulus being able to organise the original singer Marian Segal to add some contributions. But their original songs don't show weaknesses either. The opener Mini It Is is classic Breton folk rock. My Body Is Made Of Sunlight is a smasher, thanks to the intensively massed choral vocals. Orpheus is very psychedelic and close to Ozric Tentacles. Candlelight is a moving beautiful ballad. The Aphid aims at progressive space rockers. I could continue naming and praising all the tracks from this record which is one of the best I've heard in a very long time.

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