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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Circle Takes The Square - As The Roots Undo (2004)

What is it?
Top screamo action with a mister and a lady singing. A quality Strepsils advert if ever there was one.
Why should you listen?
Let’s face facts. If you haven’t been put off by the screamo reference earlier you’ll probably quite like this. Screamo benefits from variety and the contrasting screamy voices give it some slight differences in tone: man on his own, lady on her own and (don’t get giddy now) man and lady together.
What’s it like?
Imagine someone battering a drum at about a hundred miles an hour, add some squigly guitars and a couple of people shouting and you kind of get the picture. There are some gentler sections to give a contrast to all the screaming. It's a little bit rough around the edges but surely that's better than being over-produced.
What’s the best track?
I actually always listen to two tracks together as my favourite; they seem to go together so well. We have ‘Interview At The Ruins’ that starts with someone rummaging about in a box of lego. Possibly. There’s not that much harshness in this one. The ending could almost be described as catchy with multiple voices singing/talking. Then go straight into “Non Objective Portrait of Karma’. Starts off quietly and peacefully, but you know what’s coming. Four minutes into it and it all kicks off with some Premier League screaming. It also contains a section where the main fella sounds like he’s having a breakdown and a false ending. Good value for money.
Who does it sound like?
Joyce McKinney Experience, Dan, The Ghost of a Thousand


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