Thursday, October 08, 2015

Album Review: 'Split Figure' by Line & Circle

Title: Split Figure (Grand Gallop Music, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist: Line & Circle (Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud)

Line & Circle's full-length debut Split Figure is an ethereal collection of jangley post modern dream pop. There is an atmosphere to the record that is undeniable and inescapable. Driven by singer/guitarist Brian J. Cohen's spacey Michael Stipe-meets-Ian McCulloch-esque vocals, perfectly executed jangle pop guitars, rhythmic basslines, and drums find that perfect mix of force and calm, Line & Circle have created the perfect are-you-sure-this-didn't-come-out-in-1986 post punk record. What really makes Split Figure work though is it's raw emotion that drips through every note and word. This is the kind of record that touches you deeply, even if you don't know why. One of the disadvantages of the digital age is the loss of liner notes and lyric sheets and that is a shame because Split Figure is the kind of album that deserves to have the words poured over while listening to the record on repeat. On a personal note, this record takes me back to high school and those days of discovery listening to the likes of R.E.M., The Smiths, The Charlatans UK, Echo & the Bunnymen, and so on. Line & Circle have captured the essence and emotion of that time while giving it a modern twist making Split Figure sound as much a product of 2015 as it does 1986. Needless to say, this gets played on repeat...a lot.  

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