Circle Takes the Square came into existence over a decade ago amongst the Spanish Moss and swamps of Savannah, Georgia. Boasting the lyrical depth of a trench and the ability to transverse and transcend the traditional layers of sound and atmosphere, Circle Takes the Square left an emotive and unique path in it’s wake. The band simply irradiated poignancy and life. Since inception, Circle Takes the Square have released a self titled EP, a split with the irrefutable Pg. 99, the magical and incandescent debut full length, As the Roots Undo and a final pair of songs entitled Ritual of Names.
What followed was a long and mysterious silence, punctuated only by whispers from the band of possible activity, which eventually ramped up to a full fledged revival. This year finally saw the completion and release of Decompositions: Volume 1, the bands second full length record. I was recently able to catch up with Drew Speziale, the lead guitarist and one of the two dominantly heard voices in the band, to talk to him about the recording process, artistic inspiration and being chased by Justin Pearson through the dark.
-Hello Drew! How is life and what have you been reading lately?
Life is great, thanks for asking. I haven’t had much time to devote to reading lately, so right now i’m surrounded by half-read books that don’t require full immersion. I’m slowly working my way through the
compiled essays in “Sync Book 2,” whenever I have a few minutes to spare. It features a handful of authors’ ruminations on synchronicity. A constant on my nightstand, that I check in with from time to time is Dale Pendell’s “Pharmako” Trilogy. I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from those three books over the last couple of years, but I don’t know how to begin neatly summing them up. Next to them in the stack: a book of Klimt’s artwork, a seed catalog, and a primer on incorporating a small flock of chickens into a home-scale permaculture system. It’s appropriately titled Free Range Chicken Gardens. So, a pretty sizable pile of books, maybe someday I’ll get to the bottom of it.
CULTUS SABBATI is a group that we have championed since we started CVLT Nation because of their high level of creativity. This is a fact that can be seen and heard in their new video for “Those Who Don’t Go Alive When Dead,” a track of their last album, Asgardsreia. I will say that this visual is one trippy ride I don’t mind getting on…So after the jump check out CULTUS SABBATI’s video for “Those Who Don’t Go Alive When Dead”.
Nubilum is the solo project by Michele (vocals/guitars for Gottesmorder and in Eleleth with Alex CF), a trip between ambient, noise, drone and glitch to create a personal blend that is able to fulfill his visions on different matters, from politics to inner feelings. After a self-released EP called Restless Sunrise, a first step used to present this project, where bass music and atmospheric inputs collide and give birth to a very interesting hybrid, Michele started to work on a more focused and cohesive effort named Tsantsa.
This new EP found a proper home when Michele joined forces with well-known Italian artist Claudio Rocchetti, born into the hardcore scene and now very active into sound manipulation, who’s exploring new landscapes with his label Tulip Records, not to mention his many projects and collaborations. Thanks to this partnership, Tsantsa is now ready to be unleashed and to fully reveal what’s hiding behind its soundscapes.
In fact, Tsantsa isn’t a simple collection of ambient suites or some weird freak show for sound extremists: it’s a real journey into our most ancestral fears going to reunite head-hunters and death metaphysics. Some very different languages and methods are used to portray all the different aspects of such an obscure subject, from cinematic to noisy, from drone to pulsing rhythm, so giving added value to this already interesting project. The obscure path is able to guide the listeners into hidden jungles, where lost tribes are still linked to our primitive and inner nature, so it involves also a journey into different ages and forgotten traditions. As I already stated, this is also a way to face our inner taboos and unsolved doubts, a sort of anthropological research like those by many eminent personalities in last centuries.
If you’re into such explorations and want to dive into some interesting soundscapes, you should really try Nubilum, as this is something that’s going to grow inside your mind a little by little and, for sure, there are some wide rooms for future developments and evolutions.
OEDE is back with a new tape entitled Sør Norsk Djevel Blues and only 66 of them have been made. If you follow CVLT Nation then you know that we dig the lo-fi distorted voodun blackened blues that OEDE spits out on to the world. When you listen to this cat, remember that there is one rule, and that is: there are no fucking rules with this cat. Sør Norsk Djevel Blues is 17 minutes of killer whacked music that sounds like nothing you have heard before. What I do find interesting listening to OEDE is that he really puts his all into every note. It’s CVLT Nation’s honor to be streaming Sør Norsk Djevel Blues in full below…Oh yeah, half of the tapes have sold out so hurry the fuck up and get yours HERE!
I’m not going to even say too much, other than here is a cult classic movie for weirdos, and a tribute to one of our favorite printers! CVLT Nation now showing Holy Mountain (La Montaña Sagrada) after the jump!
Cork’s Rest have been absent for far too long, it’s been nine years since their last album Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame. Granted, an EP in the shape of in Operation: Impending Doom sated appetites temporarily, but it doesn’t compare to this double LP journey in the shape of I Hold the Wolf.
In almost all cases, when you get into a discussion about powerviolence (aside from cringing), several bands will immediately jump to the forefront of your mind. Among them, the likes of Infest, No Comment, Capitalist Casualties, Man Is the Bastard, Plutocracy, Spazz, Crossed Out and so on and so forth into an eventual sea of generic 18th generation copy cats that exist today. A group that I feel is sorely under appreciated in this highly subjective genre is southern California’s GASP. Imagine the velocity and intensity that you hold so dearly, then imagining the frame of sound being shattered, the barriers and rules being removed. By utilizing extreme variation in tempos and manipulated, hand crafted tape loops, GASP was able to create pure and limitless atmosphere. The band was able to go from utter noise ridden chaos to simplistic and slow plodding into the deepest unknown depths of the universe.
GASP was active only from 1996 to 1999. Their discography included splits with Suffering Luna, Deerhoof, Volume 11 and the oppressive and lurching Noothgrush. GASP also released a full length entitled “Drome Triler of Puzzle Zoo People” and years after the band’s demise, a collection of every split and the tracks that were used on various compilations entitled “An Earwig’s Guide to Traveling” . I feel like this band is essential for those who enjoy cacophony, chaos and most importantly depth. Even on their collective album, “An Earwig’s Guide..” a definite ebb and flow exists through the entire collection that most bands are not able to achieve.
Today is an awesome fucking day, because we can show you the stunning piece of cinematography that the super talented Justin Oakey created for the launch of our Spring/Summer 2013 collection, CVLT Nation V. Shot in the Great White North on the banks of Lake Ontario, this film invokes the dark mystery of our latest collection. Alongside the artwork of Natvres Mortes, Maxime Taccardi, Cub of the Woods and the photography of Lele Saveri, the haunting and menacing sounds of Locrian‘s “The Crystal World” set the tone for the CVLT Nation V Lookbook. Although this is technically our Spring/Summer season, you know we see darkness everywhere, and Justin Oakey’s bleak and cold setting suits our collection perfectly. So below check out the world premiere of the CVLT Nation V lookbook…
I’m not even going to write that much, just know that right here and now, you can download the 1st Moss Icon – The Life demo from 1989. I will say this – if you are a Moss Icon fan, get this, blast it ultra loud and sail on your own winds of change!!!
Track listing after the jump!