Album Review: Circa Waves – Different Creatures

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The time has finally come for the release of Circa Waves’ second studio album ‘Different Creatures’. Since their hit debut album ‘Young Chasers’ in 2015 set the Liverpool quartet alight.

With a new tour quickly approaching and a dozen festival slots including Reading & Leeds, Live At Leeds and Dot To Dot on their way this summer and a BBC Radio 1 takeover slot this week sees Circa Waves in good set for a spectacular 2017.

Different Creatures kicks off with this charming, happy-go-lucky vibe became their safety net, But with an obvious disregard for what is ‘safe’, Circa Waves blew this out the water with the release of their brand new bombshell track ‘Wake up’. A high octane, angst-filled masterpiece. Taking their previous work and giving it an explosive new makeover. Fearlessly abandoning the bubbly feel that got them that fast-track not the industry. switching from summery indie-pop to stormier indie rock.

‘Crying Shame’ and ‘Fire That Burns’ takes on the darker approach to their ‘Young Chasers’ album with their typical hard-core rock put the band in a great position ahead of the album release. It’s strong and powerful presence is one to certainly enjoy live across their UK and European tour starting Saturday 18th March.

We take a big step back in the album with ‘Out On My Own’, ‘Without You’ and the album-titled track ‘Different Creatures’ slow the pace down and bring out the rawness in Kieran’s vocals. Their stripped back approach makes you dwell further into the meaning of the lyrics of ‘Out Of My Own’ and ‘Without You’ share similar lyrical characteristics in the sense that they resemble loneliness and sad times. Different Creatures puts a lovely spin on the somber by “feeling alive”.

Third track ‘Goodbye’ is suitable to be played in huge arenas with their powerful atmospheric song “I wish I said Goodbye” goes into a huge chorus with crashing guitars and smashing drums will get you bouncing. ‘Stuck’ masks the time wasted glued to “poisonous TV” with its heavy bass line and punchy drums.

‘Loves Run Out’ is a stripped back masterpiece compared to ‘A Night on the Broken Tiles’ and the album as a whole is a brave move indeed, but luckily they pulled it off in style.

Final track, ‘Old Friends’. To begin with, it is soft and calm, which differs slightly from other tracks in the album because of its more chilled atmosphere.

It is clear that the band have artistically matured, as their newer music has changed tone and now features much darker and thought-provoking lyrics.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ICM, full-time journalist, occasional photographer, Chelsea FC.

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