Grateful Dead

Circles Around The Sun - Let It Wander


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Circles Around The Sun explore new horizons on the band’s upcoming double album, LET IT WANDER. It’s the first new music from the quartet since their acclaimed 2015 debut, Interludes For The Dead.

Guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall (his bandmate in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood), bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy recorded seven instrumentals for LET IT WANDER earlier this year at Castaway 7 Studios in California.

Originally, Circles Around the Sun (CATS) was only supposed to record some Grateful Dead-influenced instrumentals to be played during the set breaks at the Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts. But the response was so positive, and the band was having so much fun making music together, that they all agreed to keep it going.

LET IT WANDER signals a new beginning for the band as they move beyond their original musical mandate of evoking the spirit of the Dead and fully embrace their own personality. “More than anything, what you hear on this album is a band growing into its own sound,” Casal says.

The songs on LET IT WANDER are focused and filled with imaginative musical turns. Horne and Levy form a veritable groove machine that knows intuitively when to tighten up and when to stretch out. They expand and collapse the rhythmic pocket around Casal and MacDougall, who pass melodies back and forth in an elaborate game of musical tag as they take turns adding color and shade from a seemingly endless kaleidoscope of cosmic sounds.

One of the album’s highlights, “One For Chuck” features a surprising cameo by Chuck D. The charismatic leader of the legendary hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy happened to stop by the studio while the band was listening to a song they’d just recorded. He liked the music, so the band asked him to record an intro. He obliged, and they dedicated the song to him.

LET IT WANDER will be available digitally and as a 2-CD set on August 17. In addition, a 180-gram vinyl version on two LPs will be released the same day.

Track Listing
1. “On My Mind”
2. “One For Chuck”
3. “Immovable Object”
4. “Halicarnassus”
5. “Tacoma Narrows”
6. “Electric Chair (Don’t Sit There)”
7. “Ticket To Helix NGC 7293”

Product Details

Street Date: August 17, 2018


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Joined: Jun 21 2007
HEY nOW!!!

Id love to hear you guys do a version of DISTORTO!!! THANKS!!!

Joined: Jul 9 2007
These guys are wizards

We saw them at the Cap in Port Chester last January and it ranks among the best shows I've seen in 2018. They were mesmerizing from start to finish. Looking forward to their second studio outing.

Joined: Jun 21 2007
Circles Around the Sun

Glad to hear this, keep the doorways open!!!

Joined: Dec 10 2015
In Lieu of Listening party

With the purchase of either lp or CD you get a download of "Immovable Object" from the album. Sounds good!

Joined: Aug 6 2013

Happy to see more from these guys.
:o) about a listening party???

Joined: Sep 22 2008
Great Band!

So glad they are continuing.....The "Fare Thee Well" box was so much more complete with their interludes and explorations.

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Joined: Jul 29 2009

Love Casal and all that he does.

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