Just recently released (March 13) is the third full-length album from the instrumental jam band, Circles Around The Sun. What began as a small request to produce some intermission music for the Grateful Dead's 2015 "Fare Thee Well" shows in Chicago has turned into one of the most exciting and adventurous musical en devours of the last decade. This new album from Circles Around The Sun is also bittersweet, because it is the band's final album to feature guitarist extraordinaire Neal Casal, who passed away in August of last year.
The Circles Around The Sun's new self-titled, seven-song release shows the band traveling in a different direction on these latest pieces of music. The album opens with the funky, cosmic-jazz flow of "Babyman," which finds keyboardist Adam MacDougall (Black Crowes) and Casal co-piloting this sonic trip through spaced-out psych grooves. The melody of the follow-up track "You Gotta Start Somewhere" is much more laid-back, as Circles Around The Sun bring you along for the ride of their seven-minute blues-infused soundscape. They take a step back to the seventies with the sound of "Leaving (Rogue Lemon)" and the disco beats of "Landline Memories," before finishing their new album with the short (by their measure), up-beat dance track "Money's No Option."
Circles Around The Sun have tour dates beginning at the end of the month, with guitarist Scott Metzger filling in for the late Neal Casal. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new self-titled album, please visit circlesaroundthesun.com.