Friday, 28 July 2017
Circus - Circus (1976)
The debut album from this Swiss band.
Circus was a quartet with a lineup of flute, tenor saxophone, bass, drums, guitars and English vocals.
Circus most not be confused with numerous other bands with the same name. Too many bands has used that name, I am afraid.
The band released three studio albums and one live album between 1976 and 1980. Their first studio albums is regarded as their best ones and well worth checking out. Something I am doing now.
Their music is a bit special. So much that I totally agree with ProgArchives who has labeled them as an Eclectic Prog band.
Take Van Der Graaf Generator and mix in a lot of Harmonium too. That is where you mainly find this band. Well, at least this album.
There is a lot of flutes here and not so much tenor saxophone. The vocals is really pastoral and so is most of the music too. There are some disconant contrast too in their music and some of it sounds a bit harsh. But this is mostly a gently, pastoral album.
There are no really outright good songs here. But the music is always engaging and somewhere between decent and good. This is most definate an album to check out.