Friday, 2 June 2017
Circulatory System - Circulatory System (2001 Cloud Records) mp3@320
Circulatory System's self-titled debut is as close as you can get to another Olivia Tremor Control record. The album is standard fare for Elephant 6 fans: beautiful and childish melodies served over psychedelic backgrounds (some of these are presumably supplied by listeners who responded to a call for dream sequences in the liner notes of Black Foliage). The cast features the same familiar faces of the Olivias' albums, the only notable exceptions being Bill Doss, who parted ways to form the Sunshine Fix, and Robert Schneider, who was never really a bandmember anyway. The mood, however, is darker and more pensive than anything the Olivias ever released, with William Cullen Hart's somber chord progressions and breathy, mumbled vocals replacing the ecstatic gaiety of his past work. Gone, too, are the Olivias' trademarks: the dream-like sonic density, the non-sequiturs, the tape loops, and the accidents involving scissors and glue. The sounds here are similar, but come off as quirky and clean instead of gritty and experimental. This is not to say that William Hart should stick to the formula, but he should decide whether to make another Olivia Tremor Control record or not to make another Olivia Tremor Control record. This sounds like something in between, and so the album turns out ambivalent and unexceptional. (allmusic.com)
Part of the extensive and often intertwining circles of the Elephant 6 collective of experimental indie pop bands, Circulatory System grew out of the turbulent early existence of the Olivia Tremor Control. That band, formed by songwriter Will Hart and fellow Athens, Georgia popsmith Bill Doss, came to an end in 2000 (though multiple reunions would follow) and Hart instantly put together Circulatory System as a vehicle for his psychedelic leanings, cobbling together the early band from the remaining Olivia Tremor Control players as well as others. Neutral Milk Hotel's reclusive ringleader Jeff Magnum also contributed to early versions of the band, though he helped out more with recordings than in the live setting. Their debut self-titled album materialized in 2001 on Cloud Recordings, followed up quickly the same year by Inside Views, a companion piece that remixed fragments of the source material, demos, and other related audio from the debut album. Circulatory System were well received by fans and critics for their fuzzy, swirling, eclectic songs, but the band would be active only in spurts for some time. Hart was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which slowed down the creative process for the band for a time. Between the time of a 2005 Olivia Tremor Control reunion tour and the release of second Circulatory System album Signal Morning in 2009, Hart was actively working on new material with both bands. The death of Hart's OTC partner Bill Doss in 2012 left the future of that band uncertain. Circulatory System returned in 2014 with third album Mosaics Within Mosaics.(allmusic.com)
Found this long time ago in the www somewhere on a download site. I had an email communication with a nice guy about OTC and their side project CS and that's the reason why i post it here on the blog. I will later post more from Circulatory System. This is the debut and unfortunately i have it only in mp3. Later album postings by the CS will be in Flac, too.