Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Circulatory System - Signal Morning
Here's album number three for my week of posts. The first two were old favorites that were, for some reason, by and large passed over by even the underground populace. The same happened to the first Circulatory System album, but hopefully this one will gain more traction. The back story on these guys is this: Olivia Tremor Control formed in the early 90s as the first band to provide an outlet for the songwriting of Will Cullen Hart and Bill Doss, and the first incarnation also featured Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo and Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel. They continued on throughout the 90s, releasing two absolutely astounding psychedelic pop records that melded the sound of 60s pop with drones and experimental electronic pieces. In 2000, the group split, with Bill Doss forming the Sunshine Fix and Will Cullen Hart, along with the rest of his compatriats from OTC, forming Circulatory System. The first CS album sounded similar to OTC, but quite a bit darker and more insular. Then, for the past 8 years they pretty much fell off the face of the earth. There was an OTC reunion in '05 and the Holiday Surprise tour in '08, and Will Cullen Hart has been battling Multiple Sclerosis, but that's about all we've heard. This one just popped up yesterday, and it's really pretty fantastic. I had to include this as my third album, as I'm sure I'll listen to it every bit as much as the prior albums from these guys.