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The Heavy Circles
The Heavy Circles
Dynamite Child
www.theheavycircles.com


There is something to be said for innocence and experience playing off each other and creating an intense beauty that runs much deeper than either phenomenon could produce on its own. Such is the case with the new release from a project called The Heavy Circles. One member of the band is familiar to anyone not living under a rock for the past twenty years, and she is called Edie Brickell. While fronting her band The New Bohemians over the past two decades (almost) Edie found some commercial success and became known for her personable and elegant songwriting style, while the band faded into relative obscurity continuing to release albums that never re-attained the height of their first release. The other half of The Heavy Circles is called Harper Simon. Those who have followed Edie Brickell and not lived under a rock for the past decade know that she married Paul Simon - one of the greatest songwriters in history. Paul's first marriage produced a son and that son was… you guessed it… Harper Simon. So Harper has known Edie for some time, they've been friends, and as an inspiration for her he invited her to join in on a recording session featuring a ton of famous folks… Sean Lennon, Inara George, Martha Wainwright, etc. The magic that was born was The Heavy Circles.

So now we know where the band was born… what does the band sound like? In one word: Awesome! The album floats through a few different textures, beginning with the dark melancholy drift of "Henri". There are upbeat poppy tunes that feel more relaxed and comfortable coming from Brickell's throat like the bouncy "Better" and the bluesy "Easier". There is more darkness and depth found on songs like "Confused", but where the eponymous release really shines is on the song "Ready To Play." This song has an old-school rock'n'roll rhythm that throbs underneath an engaging story filled with brilliant imagery. The guitars meander through the song while the rhythm section keeps it steady, and Brickell's voice simply soars in a way that hasn't been heard from her for years.

The Heavy Circles contains a touch of Americana, some white blues, and simple rock and roll sounds, but interwoven among all the styles is a sense of fun and joy… The record simply sings with that joy, even in its darker moments. There is a sense that the collaborators all had a really good time making this record, and I feel like it's really easy to have a good time listening to it, as well. So do yourself a favor and stop for a listen. You'll be glad you did.

-L. Keane


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