Track of the Day: 'Circles'

Past TracksSoft Moon's "Circles" does not readily lend itself to discussion. There aren't lyrics to be interpreted. There aren't layers upon layers of melody playing off each other like a Bach concerto. It is more hum and murmur than contrapuntal fugue. Still, simplistic pleasures are pleasures just the same.

The calming bass drone purrs like a Joy Division or Blank Dogs instrumental. The feedback and drone call to mind the modern gothic psych-dub of Pharaoh Overlord. Their videos are the geometric abstractions of Russian Futurists and Oskar Fischinger. If there is something complex at work, it is subliminal. Still, the song carries with it the weight of subtraction. The less it does, the more it does.



On iTunes: Soft Moon / "Circles"

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Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, Morning News, Washington City Paper, and the Awl.

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