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Circa Survive - Appendage

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Circa Survive -Appendage
Record Label: Atlantic
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Most people get happy to see one release in a year by one of their favorite bands. Circa Survive wasn't content with that in 2010. Along with one of the best releases of the year, Blue Sky Noise, Circa Survive came around with round two with the Appendage EP. Although only an extension of Blue Sky Noise with five B-sides not released on the album, it's almost like the tracks could have been on the album. In fact, the album may even have been better with these tracks on it.

Circa uses these b-sides to practice with a few techniques that may have been too risky to put on the album. "Sleep Underground" uses a jingling organ in order to bring the cave-like feeling of being underground. Anthony Green's soaring vocals accompany the organ on making a song tagged as a demo larger than life. If this track is only a demo, then the mastered version must be angelic. "Stare Like You'll Stay" is the part two of Blue Sky Noise's "Dyed In The Wool" except slightly lighter and with a much catchier chorus. Green's falsetto is at its strongest as the focal point of the song next to one fluttering guitar and one driving guitar to create a unique sound. "Every Way" is the one track that many listeners had heard before the announcement of the EP, being that a live acoustic version of it was on the bonus track edition of Blue Sky Noise. The previous version was a throw away, but the new version is much stronger vocally due to the studio along with the electric instrumentation rather than a simple acoustic guitar. "Backmask" is the longest single song Circa has even written, and is also one of their more instrumentally sophisticated songs. The drumming is some of the best that has been on a Circa track, with many complex rhythms and the guitars create an atmospheric feel throughout the entire track. "Lazarus" is a boring track up until the climax, which turns into one of the strongest points of the album. The song time changes into 3/4 and then the band releases possibly their biggest rage of energy they have ever done. The guitars blaze in the background while Green screams his lungs out next to the pounding drumbeats. The energy and emotion keeps building up as the song gets heavier and heavier before the final fade out.

Anthony Green almost has to be considered one of the best frontmen of recent times. His stage presence and energy are top notch live while his live vocals are still superb. He and his band pumped out twenty or so songs this year, even as Green recently became a father. The band's material continues to improve, and Circa seems to have no end in sight. 2010, meet Circa Survive, your band of the year.

Tracklisting01. Sleep Underground (Demo)
02. Stare Like You'll Stay
03. Everyway
04. Backmask
05. Lazarus

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03:14 AM on 12/06/10
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Backmask is one of my favorite songs this band has ever written.

Fantastic review, this EP is great.
07:48 AM on 12/06/10
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Sleep Underground feels good man
09:18 AM on 12/06/10
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while i agree with the fact that this EP was well written, and is received well.. I don't agree one bit that these songs are a continuation of Blue Sky Noise...nor could they be on that album. I just don't see it. When I listened to it I said to myself... "thank you." I loved Blue Sky.. but these songs were clearly b-sides.. good ones.. but they have no place on Blue Sky Noise.. I'm glad they're on a separate ep. just my personal ep.

and i love the artwork. esao is my hero.
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Backmask is one of my favorite songs this band has ever written.

Fantastic review, this EP is great.
Thanks for the kind words. Believe me, just look at my first review. Worlds of difference.
11:26 AM on 12/06/10
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Good review. I was never much of a fan of CS before this year by Blue Sky and this are tops on my lists
12:05 PM on 12/06/10
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i think this EP is better than Blue Sky Noise.
02:34 PM on 12/06/10
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Good review. I was never much of a fan of CS before this year by Blue Sky and this are tops on my lists
Agreed 100%. People bug Circa for getting accessible, but accessible doesn't mean the band's quality went down at all.

Again, thanks about the review. As I said before, this is a world of difference from my older reviews. My next posted one is even better as well.
04:59 PM on 12/06/10
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Agreed 100%. People bug Circa for getting accessible, but accessible doesn't mean the band's quality went down at all.

Again, thanks about the review. As I said before, this is a world of difference from my older reviews. My next posted one is even better as well.
Circa have always been accessible, and good for that matter.
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Circa have always been accessible, and good for that matter.
The older stuff did not have as many hooks as BSN.
05:18 PM on 12/06/10
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The older stuff did not have as many hooks as BSN.
I think that the old stuff was pretty catchy and had quite a bit of hooks, maybe not as many, but if anything Blue Sky Noise is more accessible because of the production. I feel like the hooks on the first two albums were more subtle mostly due to Brian McTernan's production. I think that the vocals/melodies were pushed more to the forefront on BSN which I guess in a way makes it more accessible. I hope one day they make a more raw/abrasive record, just because it'd be interesting to hear and it'd probably destroy.
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I think that the old stuff was pretty catchy and had quite a bit of hooks, maybe not as many, but if anything Blue Sky Noise is more accessible because of the production. I feel like the hooks on the first two albums were more subtle mostly due to Brian McTernan's production. I think that the vocals/melodies were pushed more to the forefront on BSN which I guess in a way makes it more accessible. I hope one day they make a more raw/abrasive record, just because it'd be interesting to hear and it'd probably destroy.
Makes sense.
Also the album kept some of the ambient parts, but rocked a bit harder as well. Get Out totally drew me in.
11:11 PM on 12/06/10
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i feel like the ep lacks dynamic. i thought lazarus could have been much better if mixed differently. its still circa so its not all that bad. :)
10:33 PM on 12/21/10
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while i agree with the fact that this EP was well written, and is received well.. I don't agree one bit that these songs are a continuation of Blue Sky Noise...nor could they be on that album. I just don't see it. When I listened to it I said to myself... "thank you." I loved Blue Sky.. but these songs were clearly b-sides.. good ones.. but they have no place on Blue Sky Noise.. I'm glad they're on a separate ep. just my personal ep.

and i love the artwork. esao is my hero.
completely agree...well these tracks are good, I feel they are lighter [both musically and vocally] than others on Blue Sky Noise [Get Out, I Felt Free etc.]. Seems more like On Letting Go-ish style

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