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The Farewell Circuit
In Our Bones
Princess Records
www.thefarewellcircuit.com


A cool breeze blows the smell of a fireplace through the room as the simple guitar notes softly strum a melody for the song "In Our Bones (Abandon Your Arms)". It's the first song on the newest album from The Farewell Circuit and the gentle indie rock sounds mesh nicely together with a Fall evening.

The short intro number leads into the bass groove and drum stick slaps of "Make It Right". Lead vocals are delicate and silky and set off a nice contrast to the rough natured and bare-boned percussion. A distorted guitar at the end reminds you of the "rock" part of their music. The echoing intro notes of "Guard" are reminiscent of a Brand New number but, eventually, additional instruments add in harmonies of echoing chord progressions and you're finally met with a song set on a lullaby tempo with lyrics of a love story. The mixture of repeating sequences and echoes creates a tranquil soundscape and a calming journey.

If ever there was a song meant for headphones, it would be "KDL". A purely instrumental selection consisting of a combination of pulsating synthesized and distorted computer effects. A "song" that one could easily see fitting in some kind of thriller movie set in space. In the sentiment of a Jack's Mannequin number is the song "Oh My God". A single instrument occupies the stage and its white keys sound so beautiful. Danny O'Brien has a child-like simplicity to his voice, yet the notes he hits come as a perfect dance partner to his piano work.

Ending the album is "Run For The Hills" and a pleasantly poppy melody. In addition to the typical drum beats are some interesting stick slaps again. As the rhythm guitar sets the main line down, a backing guitar sprinkles on a few notes from a higher octave and after a brief vocal break the song explodes into a high energy tempo and a set of lyrics repeating in a just a way that would beckon crowd involvement.

Not many bands can pull of an entire album as soft and mellow as In Our Bones, but The Farewell Circuit did it quite well.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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