Sunday, June 1, 2008

Russian Circles - Station [2008]

The proverbial wind that is always gusting from Chicago never seems to cease but in terms of its most promising musical exports, that breeze proves to be a piercing and chilling gale of heaving guitars and spacey resonance.

Formed in the Windy City in 2004, Russian Circles were born and from the beginning it was their concoction of metal trimmings, minimal jazz primers, and cryptic riffs that hit the scene out of nowhere with the pummeling impact of a rouge comet crashing in from the skies. Their music weaves up an intense and cinematic albeit soothing clobbering that cannot be put into words but instead into forms of audible head trips that defies pigeonholing. “There is so much categorization out there” notes guitarist Mike Sullivan. “I think our sound is just too broad to be labeled as any sort of sub-genre”.

Their self titled and self released EP from 2005 sold out shortly after their initial pressings. It wasn’t long before their 2006 debut long player, Enter, dropped with a booming impact and saw them sharing the stage with the likes of Tool, Dalek, Daughters and Pelican. Aside from their coinciding performance at that year’s annual South by Southwest industry showcase, which managed to drop jaws all over the Live Music Capital of the World, Russian Circles have managed to progress forward with a newfangled approach toward their live performances. Their lumbering layers of chiseled post rock and feathery psychedelic infusions have both revved and enticed the listeners into mental orgasms the world over.

Station, was recorded at Seattle’s Studio Litho with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus the Bear and Isis.) When asked about the recording process Sullivan cites Bayles as a driving force behind the album’s precise synergy. “He’s intense in the studio but in a good way”. Joining Sullivan and Dave Turncrantz (Drums) on the recording was These Arms are Snakes / Botch bassist Brian Cook with Morgan Henderson of The Blood Brothers also lending his skills on double bass to the track “Xavii”.

If one aspect remained a summit that the band had scaled, it was making sure that the sequencing was spot on to give Station an “album feel” making it suitable for a cohesive listen from beginning to end.

While Russian Circles are picking up where they left off with Enter, Station is guaranteed to be a new passage for a band already known for paving their own unique paths of sonic tundra’s that jolt the mind and body and will not only leave it’s mark on 2008 but on the future influence of music as a whole.

In a few words, the album is a masterpiece, and the band is a true discovery!


01 - Campaign [6:40]
02 - Harper Lewis [7:16]
03 - Station [8:43]
04 - Verses [8:43]
05 - Youngblood [7:35]
06 - Xavii [4:29]

Band Line-Up:

Mike Sullivan - Guitar
Dave Turncrantz - Drums
Brian Cook - Bass

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Bárður R. said...

Thanks, good band, looking forward to listening.

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