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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 | Deja un comentario

Circulatory System: Woodpecker greeting worker ant (2009), Cloud Recordings

28 mayo, 2009 Posted by | Circulatory System, Vídeos | 16 comentarios

Circulatory System: Signal Morning (2009), Cloud Recordings

Hemos aguardado unos días para postear este nuevo álbum de la banda liderada por Will Cullen Hart, valedor y guía espiritual de bandas como The Olivia Tremor Control o Neutral Milk Hotel, favoritas para quien escribe este blog. Circulatory System es su otro proyecto, más personal y cercano al Pop-Psicodélico, algo más experimental. Este Signal Morning es un exponente más de lo que decimos. Que nadie espere las aproximaciones Pop de los discos de The Olivia Tremor Control, que mezclaban sabiamente con dosis de experimentación. Signal Morning es una especie de Ópera-Pop-Psicodélica, una gran suite de diecisiete temas en los que prácticamente no hay pausa de una canción a otra. Cuarenta y seis minutos de continuo equilibrio entre la Psicodelia más descarada (Rocks and stones, This morning -we remembered everything-, Overjoyed, News from the heavenly room, The spining continuous, Solid forms dissolving, Gold will stay, Until moon medium hears the message…) con grandes dosis de riesgo sonoro, experimentación y continuos aditamentos de los elementos sonoros más diversos (Woodkeeper greeting worker ant, Tiny concerts, The pelican trust, Signal morning, I you we…) El álbum se cierra con la fantástica Signal morning2, una especie de resumen sonoro de todo lo que de sorpresivo nos hemos encontrado en todo el disco: Pop, Lo-Fi, experimentación. Un álbum que en nuestra opinión no se encontrará entre lo mejor de su discografía, bien con Circulatory System o con cualquiera de sus otras bandas, pero que sin duda satisfará tanto a seguidores del movimiento Elephant-6 como a las legiones de seguidores de la música tipo Animal Collective que quizás no les conozcan.
“Seven and a half years in the making, culled from hours of recorded material sculpted in at least seven different studios, the new Circulatory System album is an absolutely stellar document of song and sound. Still concerned with matters of the inner / the outer, the incomprehensibly huge and the very, very small. An imperative blast of kinetic motion, composed by W. Cullen Hart while in the midst of battling Multiple Sclerosis within his own system – broadcasting his urgent pleas to the world(s) to evolve into a higher dimension or for existing patterns to reveal themselves at peace within the natural order of the universe.” (
Cloud Recordings)


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Circulatory System – The Spinning Continuous

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27 mayo, 2009 Posted by | Circulatory System, Música | 16 comentarios


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