Circa Waves What’s It Like Over There?

What’s It Like Over There?

Circa Waves

Released on April 5, 2019 by Prolifica Inc.

Main artist: Circa Waves

Genre: Pop/Rock > Pop

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On 2019's What's It Like Over There? Liverpool's Circa Waves continue to develop their indie-rock sound with a collection of passionate anthems that trade some of their nervous, sugary energy for a more nuanced maturity. Once again recorded with Alan Moulder, the band purportedly felt somewhat freed up on their third album to explore sounds outside of the kinetic guitar-rock that made 2015's Young Chasers and 2017's Different Creatures so compelling. Certainly, there are several songs here that fall outside of the band's usual style. The soulful "Times Won't Change Me Now" with its repeated, bluesy riff and gospel backing vocals wouldn't sound out of place as the underpinnings for a '90s hip-hop track. Less far afield but still somewhat of a departure is the piano-driven "Passport" in which singer Kieran Shudall evokes the literate, sweetly melodic '60s pop of Harry Nilsson. Perhaps the airy soft-pop uplift of "The Way We Say Goodbye" borrows a bit too much from the Coldplay and Snow Patrol playbook. It's the one time on the album that the band sound like they are aiming for stadium-sized acceptance. That said, the slight shift in approach is less about the band's sound, and more about a move towards subtly in songwriting, with an emphasis on atmosphere and a dark sense of emotion. Tracks like "Sorry I'm Yours," "Me, Myself, and Hollywood," and "Motorcade" are visceral, minor-key gems with a slow-burn, post-punk energy that brings to mind a cross between '80s Giorgio Moroder and '90s Garbage. Particularly compelling is the infectious single "Movies" which finds Circa Waves embracing the soundtrack-ready dance-rock of The Killers, and finding their own pop sweet-spot in the process. What's It Like Over There? might be the sound of Circa Waves testing their longevity, and aiming for a wider audience, and that's not a bad thing. ~ Matt Collar
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:30:50

  1. 1 What’s It Like Over There?

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

  2. 2 Sorry I’m Yours

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

  3. 3 Times Won’t Change Me

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

  4. 4 Movies

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2018 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

  5. 5 Me, Myself and Hollywood

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

  6. 6 The Way We Say Goodbye

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

  7. 7 Be Somebody Good

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2018 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

  8. 8 Passport

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

  9. 9 Motorcade

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

  10. 10 Saviour

    ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Circa Waves, Artist, MainArtist - Kieran Shudall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer Copyright : 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Prolifica Inc. under exclusive license to [PIAS]

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  • On 2019's What's It Like Over There? Liverpool's Circa Waves continue to develop their indie-rock sound with a collection of passionate anthems that trade some of their nervous, sugary energy for a more nuanced maturity. Once again recorded with Alan Moulder, the band purportedly felt somewhat freed up on their third album to explore sounds outside of the kinetic guitar-rock that made 2015's Young Chasers and 2017's Different Creatures so compelling. Certainly, there are several songs here that fall outside of the band's usual style. The soulful "Times Won't Change Me Now" with its repeated, bluesy riff and gospel backing vocals wouldn't sound out of place as the underpinnings for a '90s hip-hop track. Less far afield but still somewhat of a departure is the piano-driven "Passport" in which singer Kieran Shudall evokes the literate, sweetly melodic '60s pop of Harry Nilsson. Perhaps the airy soft-pop uplift of "The Way We Say Goodbye" borrows a bit too much from the Coldplay and Snow Patrol playbook. It's the one time on the album that the band sound like they are aiming for stadium-sized acceptance. That said, the slight shift in approach is less about the band's sound, and more about a move towards subtly in songwriting, with an emphasis on atmosphere and a dark sense of emotion. Tracks like "Sorry I'm Yours," "Me, Myself, and Hollywood," and "Motorcade" are visceral, minor-key gems with a slow-burn, post-punk energy that brings to mind a cross between '80s Giorgio Moroder and '90s Garbage. Particularly compelling is the infectious single "Movies" which finds Circa Waves embracing the soundtrack-ready dance-rock of The Killers, and finding their own pop sweet-spot in the process. What's It Like Over There? might be the sound of Circa Waves testing their longevity, and aiming for a wider audience, and that's not a bad thing. ~ Matt Collar

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