Circles Around The Sun
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Circles Around The Sun's unconventional origin story is purely the magic hand of fate at work. Guitarist Neal Casal was asked to record a handful of Grateful Dead-influenced instrumentals to be played during the set breaks at the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts in 2015. To accomplish the task, he formed a band with keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy. That was supposed to be the end of it, but the response from the audience who heard the recordings as they played over the stadium's PA was uniformly resounding, quite literally blowing up the internet with pleas for more.
Rhino Records offered to release the music, and thus Circles Around The Sun's debut album, ‘Interludes for the Dead,’ was born. It was followed by several acclaimed live performances. Again, the response was positive, and the band was having so much fun making music together, that they agreed to keep it going. Indeed, the chemistry of the four musicians was instant and undeniable. It felt like they’d barely scratched the surface of what they could do as a band.
Circles Around the Sun—often shortened to CATS—returned to the studio to record the double album, ‘Let It Wander,’ offering seven focused performances filled with imaginative musical turns. Horne and Levy form a veritable groove machine that knows intuitively when to tighten up and when to stretch out. They expand and collapse the rhythmic pocket around Casal and MacDougall, who pass melodies back and forth in an elaborate game of musical tag as they take turns adding color and shade from a seemingly endless kaleidoscope of cosmic sounds. Rolling Stone declared, "'Let It Wander' is a set of deep spells that thread suggestions of Little Feat–style grooves and Bernie Worrell's percolating synthesizers in Parliament-Funkadelic through the German mid-Seventies space travel of Tangerine Dream and the offbeat churn of the Dead's "Estimated Prophet.'"
With a slate of tour dates scheduled for the foreseeable future and plans for new recordings underway, fans can count on many more a revolution around the bright, burning star as fate continues to play its hand for Circles Around The Sun.
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