Avant-rock trio STRANGE CIRCUS came back to titillate the ears with “DEUS”, – their latest EP in their continuing succession of audio adventures – due out August 5th via good idea music. Today we release the video for the EP’s first single, “Manipulator” which according to the group Seeks to capture the essence of perhaps the most pernicious of all sociopaths. He is cunning and strategic, and the path to his goals is paved with the mental and physical devastation of others. No threat will be left standing.
Watch the video for “Manipulator” below.
After operating underground for several years, STRANGE CIRCUS launched its first version “Crazy Kids” in 2019 and quickly amassed a cult following. The band returned to the studio in July 2020 and launched the first of a series of releases from these sessions in April 2021 with “Mantha” – a bold six-track EP imagining sonic tours of supernatural creatures – followed in June by “Arc Nova” – a post-apocalyptic themed release mixing heavy improvisation with more expansive psychedelia. Together, the EPs attempt to forge an original path in the world of improvised music.
With “DEUS”, the group journeys into the demented world of sociopathy. comments the group, “Each track captures a consummate character driven to ruin by their sociopathic vice. We imagine the album creates a sort of spiritual prison for these lost souls, as they are now forced to reckon with their toxic behavior.
Compiled from free improvisations performed live in the studio for a week in July 2020, with limited overdubs, “DEUS” was recorded by the band, mixed by Crews Carter and STRANGE CIRCUSand mastered by Joseph Carre at Crystal Mastery (Melbourne, Australia) and features cover art by Daniel Vega.
“DEUS” will be broadcast on all digital platforms. Find pre-orders on the official website STRANGE CIRCUS Band Camp page HERE.
List of “DEUS” tracks:
STRANGE CIRCUS explores the suspension of space and time. Forged in improvisation, the band’s music navigates a sound terrain without borders that embraces the unknown and welcomes the unique and the particular. The result is an experimental style of psychedelic art-rock that finds its way into garage, fusion, krautrock, no wave, post-rock, noise, hard psych and sci-fi prog.
“It’s the kind of thing fans of Zappa, Mike Patton, Cardiacs, The Residents, etc. will eat,” wrote BrooklynVegan, “and like all these artists, STRANGE CIRCUS really earn the right to be as weird as possible. It’s not that the music isn’t complacent; it’s just that they make self-indulgence really great. Prog Space defended “a bizarre sound that takes you on a fast-paced alien adventure,” while Pop Matters delirium, “The music on both EPs is absolutely lovely. From track to track, fits of metallic jazz madness, modulated noises and zany synths groove around syncopated drum patterns. They paint a paranoid vision of a post-apocalyptic world half-supernatural, half-palpable. The most delicious nightmare ever.
With a slew of future releases on the horizon, the band’s aural universe is just beginning to blossom. or like distorted sound Put the, “STRANGE CIRCUS builds something unique, that sparkles with creativity and intrigue.
- Graham Robertson / Saxophones, effects
- Partin Whitaker / Drums
- Carter Crews / Bass, effects