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Circulatory System Drops Mosaics Within Mosaics

Somewhere in space is a timeless zone, everywhere and nowhere at once, and on June 24th, one of its orbs descended upon us in the form of Mosaics Within Mosaics, the newest album by Circulatory System. Modern and traditional, chaotic yet not overwhelming, the most recent fruition of W. Cullen Hart’s endeavors, in collaboration with his band and a myriad of Elephant 6 musicians, makes descriptions such as “kaleidoscope” seem trite and inadequate.

It’s hard to define a beginning and end of a piece that exists so ubiquitously, but in accordance with the track listing, the album begins with “Physical Mirage/Visible Magic.” This circusy bit innocently and rhythmically gradates listeners into the rest of the album, though even this gentle introduction is no preparation for what’s to come. From there begins a whirlwind of exotic instrumentation, Beach Boy harmonies, and volatile psychedelia that seems to hit every fathomable human emotion. At times it’s a rag; at times it’s a simple guitar-backed folk tune. Sometimes it’s Sgt. Pepper’s; sometimes it’s Magical Mystery Tour. It lulls you into a dream and then wakes you with the sounds of a freak show, hypnotic with hazy repetition. It’s a melodic time machine, leaving no period of history behind and encapsulating everything you love or didn’t know you love about nearly every genre of music. By the time it’s over, you can barely recall what happened or how it happened – only that it was erratic and beautiful.

Check out the NPR First Listen and pick up Mosaics Within Mosaics, out now!

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