"Decompositions conjures up images of blood and piss but finishes up with a sense of darkened peace and bliss."
Decompositions is still immediately identifiable as Circle Takes The Square. While drummers and second guitarists have come and gone in recent years, the band's core members Drew Speziale and Kathy Stubulek remain behind their strings and microphones – the male/female dual vocal collaboration providing a wide palette. Musically, angular and dissonant textures have become more technical but have also taken a step back to allow deeper, more sludge-oriented moods to flourish. The album hasn't been written as just a collection of songs – the arc has a distinct progression not just in story but composition also. An obvious example of this would be riffs and vocals that twist, wind and subvert their way from Prefaced By The Signal Fires into Sinking Vengeance Into Being two tracks later.
Decompositions conjures up images of blood and piss but finishes up with a sense of darkened peace and bliss. It's a truly beautiful, incomparable and magical album, and a stellar accolade for a band that refused to let their creative process be hurried by any outside pressures.
This week's new sets include the return of UK's Foals plus local acts Last Dinosaurs, The Snowdroppers and The Paper Kites.