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Circulatory System: Mosaics within Mosaics (Cloud Recordings, Elephant 6, 2014)

Acercarse a la música de Circulatory System conlleva la necesidad de olvidarse de cualquier tipo de prejuicios o de ideas preconcebidas sobre el mundo del Pop. El grupo de Will Cullen Hart se expande sobre los arquetipos del Pop para crear un universo paralelo, una idea de la música que va mucho más allá de los cánones habituales.
Como ya ocurriera en The Olivia Tremor Control (su anterior formación, en la que militara el malogrado Bill Doss), su sonido fluye lisergicamente entre el Pop, la Psicodelia, la Experimentación y los viajes de ácido. Su música está trufada de elementos añadidos, de detalles, de sonoridades que aparecen una sola vez y no vuelves a oír en todo el disco. Sus letras intentan encontrar el lugar del hombre:

“There are numerous references to a tension between the physical and the mental, the age we’re in and the age we feel we belong to. It’s tempting to read something about Hart’s current condition into these lines, but the life of the mind, the transcendence of the body, and the boundless nature of the soul are longstanding fascinations for him, and for psychedelia in general. That exploration of the point where the innerspace becomes outside blasts is where Hart shines; where so many post-60s psych-rock contents itself with the same old tangerine trees and marmalade skies, Hart—even on what may be the the least capitol-P psychedelic record Hart’s ever been involved with—does his best to articulate the combination of confusion and clarity at the heart of the psychedelic experience. Questions beget not answers, but more questions” (Pitchfork)

Un trabajo difícil pero al que si consigues llegar y encontrar su verdadera esencia, no te va a desilusionar. Merece la pena dedicarle varias escuchas…

“Will Cullen Hart’s music has always felt like chasing the White Rabbit down his hole, though perhaps a sedated version of the cartoon bunny. The Elephant 6 co-founder’s whimsical, busy mind is always half a step out of reach, and he keeps up the pace with plenty of psychedelic shape-shifting. Whether with The Olivia Tremor Control or later withCirculatory System, Hart takes bits and pieces of fragile psychedelic pop, field recordings, sound experiments, and more, then pieces them together into an adorable jigsaw puzzle at the end of that trek, or perhaps after catching the title of Circulatory System’s new album, a mosaic.
The key to Mosaics Within Mosaics, however, is that wherever the rough edge of one suite of enjoined, warping miniatures might end, another fits directly into it, an interlocking cosmos of mosaic orbs. Sure, within each ellipse, a wobbly picture emerges. “If You Think About It Now” rings with classic “White Album” psych pop via pastel-painted Fiery Furnaces ease, vocals smeared and soft, the sonic field deep and mutable. The watery beach swoon and acoustic push of “Tiny Planes on Canvas” organically transitions into into “Mosaic #2″, an organic-electric symphony piece coming from some retro-sci-fi music box.
Even when pieces twitch out of their pretty framework (the sleepy “When You’re Small” skronks out of existence after a brief two minutes), these blips blend their way back into the mix almost immediately. The epic “Stars and Molecules” does all that in one track, moving from radiation-burnt radio signals to lush harmonies, then surfy sway, then balmy, bongo-driven guitar chopping, all before bursting back out into space. “If you’re waiting on some other world, it won’t be too long,” Hart lilts through a fog, bringing the journey into focus.
Many times when reaching out to grab onto a particularly appealing melody or sound, it’ll flit away like a puff of cotton caught on a strong wind — the 52-second “Puffs of Cotton” enforces that quite nicely. The fact that Hart pieced together the album’s 31 tracks and hour runtime from recordings made over the past 12 years, featuring contributions from a wide range of pals including Jeff Mangum and Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel, is both telling and bewildering, a true testament to his vision.
His ability to fuse these too-brief passages makes their too-brief nature that much more beautiful, the brevity of each moment that much more palpable. “There’s just so much love/ There’s just so much hate/ There’s just so much mixed-up conclusions,” Hart croons on highlight “Conclusions”. “We better ask ourselves just what went wrong or right.” Mosaics Within Mosaics, much like life, will float past you in a complicated, blur, but there are so many important, beautiful moments to learn from when you let them, rather than trying to pin them down” (Consequence of Sound)

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23 septiembre, 2014 - Posted by | Circulatory System

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