Signal Morning

Signal Morning

by Circulatory System

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Overview

Signal Morning

Beginning with the rumbling and enjoyably bass-heavy "Woodpecker Greeting Worker Ant" -- a title that may explain the air of gentle threat throughout, despite the concluding voices of winsome cheer -- Signal Morning finds a veteran of Olivia Tremor Control, Will Cullen Hart, with help from not only all his former bandmates but fellow travelers from Neutral Milk Hotel, returning to the Circulatory System name after a break of eight years. The fact that one of those fellow travelers is Jeff Mangum will be reason enough for that performer's rabid cult to take an interest, but this is neither a supergroup nor a full reunion of Hart's older band. It's just Hart working within the psych/experimental/indie vein that made Elephant 6 a byword for many (and which helped lay the groundwork for the even wider acceptance of acts like Animal Collective), though there is something unusual about hearing a performer now working with influences at two times' remove -- the late-'60s period of randomly playful and experimental rock that helped drive the Elephant 6 collective forward and that own scene's now decade-plus legacy. As a result, songs like "This Morning (We Remembered Everything)" and "Blasting Through," though enjoyable, simply aren't as much surprises or striking new steps as they are reinventions and revisitations -- chaotic arrangements that turn on a dime, sweetly voiced melodies, intentional burying of clean hooks, and sudden contrasts between songs and performances. One of Hart's sharpest decisions is to keep everything short -- 17 songs over the course of 45 minutes, which if not quite Ramones level is still pretty brisk -- while ensuring each piece has its own individual character (thus "Electronic Diversion" really does sound like that).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2009
Label: Cloud Recordings
UPC: 0656605651026
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 224419

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Circulatory System   Primary Artist
Hannah Jones   Drums,Vocals
Andy Gonzales   Banjo,Bass Guitar
Jeff Mangum   Drums
Julian Koster   Banjo,Drums,Bass Guitar,fender rhodes,Singing Saw
Eric Harris   Drums
Will Cullen Hart   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Xylophone,Hand Clapping,electronics
Bill Doss   Piano,Vocals,Mellotron,Tubular Bells
John Fernandes   Clarinet,Violin,Bass Clarinet,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,electronics
Heather McIntosh   Cello,Vocals
Derek Almstead   Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Upright Bass
Pete Erchick   Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Wood Block
Suzanne Allison   Keyboards,Vocals
Gary Olsen   Vocals
Dylan Ryan   Percussion
Kelly Ruberto   Flute
Diminisher   Saxophone
Nesey Gallons   Piano,Vocals,Machines,Bowed Banjo
Kelly Ruberto   Flute
Charlie Johnston   Guitar,Drums
Robbie Cucchiaro   Trumpet,Euphonium,Flugelhorn
Nesey Gallons   Piano,Vocals
Emily Growden   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Bishop   Engineer
Robert Schneider   Engineer
Will Cullen Hart   Engineer,Illustrations
William Westbrook   Artwork,Paintings,Collage
Bill Doss   Engineer,Sculpture
Bill Wells   Engineer
Derek Almstead   Engineer
Gary Olsen   Engineer
Sophie Fernandes   Drawing
Kelly Ruberto   Drawing
Nesey Gallons   Engineer
Charlie Johnston   Engineer
Nesey Gallons   Engineer

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