When you have no singer (Russian Circles are purely instrumental) the music HAS to have something to say. And here it does, the album takes you from the beautiful to the sinister, from the delicate to the brutal and many places inbetween. With no lyrics to distract you it is left to the listener infer meaning. We had to wait until the end of the 19th Century before visual art became abstract, whereas music has always been abstract. Popular music’s bias towards singing weakened this inherent unique quality, but here Russian Circles are reclaiming it with considerable style.
Check out single ‘Afrika’ below. Album available here.
Catch the 6TR Rock Show every Tuesday 9pm.