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CIRCULUS

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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CIRCULUS have been performing in and around the London area for the past few years now and their history seems to go back further than that, but little information is to hand.

Lead by Michael Tyack, the band offers a mixed-up avant garde psychedelic folk-rock style of music, that is rather unique and compelling to the listener. All of the band members dress up, in a cross between 1970s and mediaeval clothing, as can be seen within their album booklet. The music itself has many progressive moments, particularly on the instrumental tracks, which contain a lot of Moog synthesizer, mixed with mediaeval and baroque instrumentation. They have a unique sound, but they are best matched to such bands as COMUS, JADE, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, STEELEYE SPAN and PENTANGLE (broadly speaking). They will likely appeal to those who like progressive folk and avant garde music, but also to those with an open mind to music.

Current members of the band include: Michael Tyack (vocals, guitar, saz and cittern); Lo Polidoro (vocals and harmonium); Sam Kelly (drums and vocals); Ollie Parfitt (Moog and keyboards); George Parfitt (bass guitar); Will Summers (flutes, recorders, crumhorns and rausch pfiffer) and Victor Hugo Llamas (bongos and percussion). Former members include Emma Steele (songwriter) and Robin Cieslak (multi-instrumentalist). Marian Segal (formerly of JADE), wrote and performed one track (along with the band) on their debut album "The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope, Yet To Be Sent".

In 2006, Circulus released their second album "Clocks are Like People", which is not quite so psychedelic, but still very much a progressive folk rock album.
In 2007, they recorded a version of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" for the British Music Magazine "Mojo", for their "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" anniversary tribute CD.

This band is very interesting and should be heard if you like fun style psychedelic folk music, tinged with some great Moog playing. They could have an interesting future ahead of them, as they have dedicated fans (some of whom are included within a photo shoot on their album's booklet).

Recommended to those who want to try something a little bit different to their usual tastes.

: : : James R. Yeowell : : :



Discography:
The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent, studio album (2005)
Clocks Are Like People, studio album (2006)

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3.60 | 17 ratings
The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent
2005
3.70 | 19 ratings
Clocks Are Like People
2006
3.38 | 8 ratings
Thought Becomes Reality
2009

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 The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent by CIRCULUS album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.60 | 17 ratings

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Circulus Prog Folk

Review by TerryK

3 stars 3.5 stars, really.

Well, there is something about a band who dresses in medieval clothing and sings about pixies that appeals to me! I managed to discover the band as I was sharing a bill with them at the Mosely Folk Festival in 2006. Youtube also helped my appreciation as well.

The album is of the length of the average vinyl album of the 1970s which doesn't cause me any problem whatsoever. First and foremost, the cover is fantastic and the music contained within is a fantastic slice of Acid Folk/ Prog Folk. I wonder whether Comus are an influence? Their music is lighter by all means, but the overall sound of the album is very pastoral and a couple of songs could have easily gone on the soundtrack to 'the Wicker Man.'

My favourite tracks are Miri It Is, My Body Is Made Of Sunlight and Power To The Pixies.

I recommend this album to Wicker Man enthusiasts, Morris Dancers, Real Ale lovers and Folk Progsters everywhere.

 Clocks Are Like People by CIRCULUS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.70 | 19 ratings

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Circulus Prog Folk

Review by Blacksword
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3 stars I became aware of Circulus on an early evening, prime time culture show on British TV. I was fascinated by their sound, their strangely flippant and shy attitiude, and by the completely stupid way they chose to dress! I'm no expert on 'Prog folk',a tag that I'm sure Circulus would hate as much as the 'Folk Rock' tag applied to them by the non prog world, but this band are ridiculous bordering on brilliant.'Clocks are Like People' their second album oftens fails to capitilise on the bands real strengths, notably their ability to fuse Moog with trad instruments like Crumhorns, but when they do, and they are in full flight, it can be a mindblowing and strangely addictive brew. Refreshing too,but perhaps only to those of us, who seem to have managed to cunningly and skillfully avoid being exposed to much folk music over the years. Perhaps it's now time for a change...?

This album grows on you like fungus with each play. It's beautifully produced; the definition on all instruments coming through crystal clear. The musicianship is impressive too. I would like to hear more female vocals throughout, and also more extended play, but there are some fine moments.

'Dragons Dance' is a quirky opener, which didn't do much for me on first listen, but I think it takes time to get to know what this band is about, and what they are trying to achieve, and the nature of their sense of humour. 'Willow Tree' is among my favourite songs. The moody verses are complimented by the male/female harmonies, and the synthy interludes provide a wonderful contrast to the more trad sounding vocal sections. 'Wherever she goes' is a haunting ballad, with lyrics that make me think of the maypole song from the Wicker Man: 'In the ocean there is an island, and on the island grows an oak, beneath the oak lies a casket'.

'Bouree' is an instrumental, which has great moments when the Crumhorns come in alongside the Moog, although some of the tunes are little too 'chirpy' for my taste. It's a track of great potential, and is evidence of what Circulus are capable of. It should have been longer, a little darker, a little funkier perhaps, but it's coming from a good place. The best track is the closer 'Reality's a Fantasy' Circulus skilfully combine their folk elements with spacious Moog flurries, and a vocal part sung through a two way radio, sounding as if singer Sam Kelly was performing on the Moon and singing his heart out to mission control. This is the track I play to people when I want them to hear Circulus. It's arguably not the most representative track, it just happens to be their most atmospheric and interesting IMO.

I'm awaiting the arrival of their debut, 'The Lick on the tip of an Envelope Yet to be Sent' The reviews on PA seem to favour the debut over 'Clocks are like People' Perhaps it's typical of me to do everything back to front, but I shall post a review of the debut in due course. For now, I'm left wanting to see this band live, and wanting to hear more. 'CALP' is arguably patchy, but the formula is fantastic and I look forward to their next album.

 Clocks Are Like People by CIRCULUS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.70 | 19 ratings

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Circulus Prog Folk

Review by roooegg

5 stars This is THE cd of the year! Like a corny 70's sitcom with Richard O'Sullivan when you've just taken a tub of 'shrooms, it made me laugh my arse off and filled me with childish wonder. If you think that songs about dragons, knights and men called Thogdin are beneath you then give it a miss or alternately listen too it and try not to be enchanted. The highlights for me are Willow Tree, Reality's a Fantasy and This is the Way but it's all good.... I feel you don't believe me...... well?? .......... Ho hum, I'm gonna sit in a field then and play with the pixies!
 The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent by CIRCULUS album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.60 | 17 ratings

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Circulus Prog Folk

Review by ANDREW

4 stars Circulus succeeded to photograph damned well the universe in which we breathe, restoring us to the dawn of the '70, when the prog music began to circulate in the veins of the more creative musicians and a weird iridescent atmosphere began to expand itself. One thousand colors and touches, in a teaching mixture of folk-rock, avant-garde, psychedelia, medieval heritages and the constant influence of groups like Jethro Tull, Jefferson Airplane, Emerson Lake & Palmer and the first Pink Floyd. Together with their poster glued to the walls of an old house lost in the periphery of London, too acid and mysterious mushrooms given to the light an album from the bizarre title "The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelopé Yet To Drinks Sent". The mirage of California accompanies the fantastic transcend of songs like "My Body Is Made Of Sunlight" and "The Aphid", that have the power to transport us to past times, simply maintaining the attentive look of today. The tormenting voice of Marianne Segal in "Swallow" seems to want remember us its Jade and those thirty-three turns in vinyl that permeated with their smell the air of the rooms where to listen to a disk seemed to be a tribute to the devil. Circulus seems to possess the keys of the time and love to flaunt them in all their golden enamel, while acid shoutings underline the melodic parts, observing moog and organ challenging themselves to the last blood in a duel that could be been filmed from Sergio Leone. The phosphorescent lights of "Orpheus" and the delicate gait of "Candlelight" are other two moments that put to hard test our emotional office, sprinkling our skin of insane '70s shudders and modulated nervous recalls in tune with harmonies capable to plagiarize us. Until the heart it is not stopped..
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