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Circuline - Counterpoint album review

Album Review

Retro influences given modern muscle by Circuline.

New Yorkers Circuline have their roots in prog tribute band Downing Grey and have thus received a firm grounding in the applied theory of Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and Rush. Covering that catalogue has done them some favours in terms of chops, as second album Counterpoint feels tighter than a duck’s hindquarters. What’s more, Circuline quickly assuage any concerns about the potentially derivative nature of their noise. True, there are healthy doses of Yes, Rush and Gentle Giant, but there are also creeping, Wilson-esque atmospherics, cinematic soundscapes and modern tonal beef.

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