Ironically, when we know nothing about a new artist more words are taken up in attempting to emphasise just how unreasonably anonymous this new artist is than would otherwise be taken up going through the usual names/locations/background/bicep size routine. And even more ironically, even more space has been taken up by pointing out this illogical state of affairs. Perhaps we should all just calm down and listen to some music.
The reason I mention this all is Circa Waves, for though the prospect of having no inane background information on which to hang vague musical comparisons is enough to confound most music journalists, with Circa Waves the music is so packed with character that the job is far less intimidating. Take any of the three scuzzy demos currently dominating his Soundcloud; they’re all brilliantly imperfect and raw anthems just waiting to be compared to My Bloody Valentine or The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, but also bursting with their own slightly unique feelings.
Perhaps that’s why the solo Liverpudlian finds himself on the A-list of Amazing Radio with just a feature in Bido Lito! magazine written about him. There certainly is an intangible quality about his music, something that’s impossible to quite put your finger on, but quite obviously sets him apart from the thousands of other Sonic Youth influenced new bands. And though its hardly the most progressive music this side of Actress, you might find it tough to care, because although originality can be exciting, it’s not entirely necessary. At the very least, nostalgia done well can be just as satisfying, and there’s more than enough of that packed within Circa Waves’ current three demos to make both ideas of originality and information seem regressive themselves.