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Circulatory System

Circulatory SystemAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: August 28, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cloud Recordings
  • ASIN: B00005RH8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their comparison to the Beatles and Beach Boys' experimental sounds are inevitable. However, the layered, psychedelic pop generated by the Circulatory System is not mimicry, but a wonderful adaptation of a genre long lost to mainstream music. At its core the Circulatory System is E6's Olivia Tremor Control, minus Bill Doss. Containing a healthy dose of OTC's recognizable meditative harmonies, Circulatory System incorporates a dark, intoxicating aspect making this album very unique. It is recommended to give this one a few preliminary listens before casting judgment. Circulatory System is fairly complex. Though the elements are engrossing, the 'whole picture' is seemingly non-existent. Then, all of a sudden, something will happen. The veil of confusion will lift and the entirety of the work will be brought into vivid clarity. Before you realize it the hypnotic melodies will have seeped into your subconscious and you'll find yourself humming them in your dreams. Circulatory System is quite a find. --Rob Bracco

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unreal. April 17, 2002
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I don't think there's another artist working who can even approach the mastery of psychedelia that Will Hart has. I don't think there ever was, truth be told--and that's saying something. I mean having the full-on understanding necessary to create aural trips of symphonic complexity with conceptual coherence and dream-logic abandon. The thought that went into this record is, frankly, astounding.
Obviously, fans of Olivia Tremor Control will enjoy this record. Like OTC, the lyrics here are sort of guideposts, telling you where you are in the journey. As other reviewers note, there aren't really any "pop" songs here--though there are myriad verses and choruses pregnant with haunting melodies which melt in and out of the landscape. I find this album more musical and less jarring than the equally experimental but more sound effect-driven "Black Foliage." There is also a heightened emotional component--a great simultaneous joy and sadness which reveals itself after a few listens. Hart has taken what he learned from that "Black Foliage," married it with the tunefulness of "Cubist Castle," and come up with something that is neither of those two records. Caveat: not easy listening, and not for everyone!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Circulating and loving it October 12, 2004
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Elephant 6 bands tend to trade members around. And in Circulatory System's self titled debut, members of Of Montreal, Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel come together to make joyous, layered psychedelica that will just transport you away into yesterday's world.

It opens with a child counting down to "Yesterday's World," the best song the Beatles never made. But that influence dies away in the second song, "Prehistoric," with a gritty riff that surfaces in a dreamy, singsong melody. Several songs like "Diary of Wood" and the catchy "Lovely Universe" are practically a celebration of catchy psychedelic indiepop.

But Circulatory System circulates all around, including funereal ballads like the solemn "Round" or the distant, chiming "Now." They dip into indie-rock, airy pop, and employ some exotic music and sputtering sounds in "Should A Cloud Replace A Compass?" The album finishes on a stately note with the nearly music-less "Forever," where a male chorus sings solemnly that "we will live forever/and you know it's true."

Music like this is too rare -- every one of the twenty-two songs is textured, complex and brimming over with acid beauty. Like most of the better Elephant 6 bands, Circulatory System has no filler songs, nothing that seems like it was hastily slapped together. Instead, it feels like it was meticulously crafted like a piece of fine modern art.

After his work on Olivia Tremor Control's two albums and many singles, W. Cullen Hart's handling of psychedelica is no less than masterful. He creates songs that just border on pop, with plenty of catchiness and instrumental fun. But then comes those sonic sweeps, those eerie sound effects, those warm and shimmering soundscapes.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the music sounds whirr em then February 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
oh, how they know when to growl the composition into three-dimensional musics where headphone melt, ears implode, brain know humming bird whirls, whizzez, knows no boundary, sheep decend into my vortex mind, dissolve my going, reborn my coming mind, animal plant and mineral worlds enter the womb wind, howl!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I'll be honest. Before this record, I had only the faintest idea of who William Cullen Hart was. I knew there was a thing called Olivia Tremor Control, and that was somehow tied to Neutral Milk Hotel, and lots of indie kids really loved him, but that was it. So it would probably help to have some background in Hart's ideas to understand this one, but oh well. It's a strange record to review, and I don't know where to start, so I think I'll just throw out good words to describe the album, and take it from there.
DREAMY - In more ways than one, this is a very dreamy album. There's tons of guest players on it, and they're all playing things from guitars to violins and clarinets. Everything's on here, so the sound is constantly changing. And it's all graced with an amazing touch of ambience, which is what I'm guessing William Hart's signature sound is. Things fade in and fade out, and it all just sort of drifts along. It's psychedelic, actually. It's also very dream-like because it seems to bend time. That's in the lyrics, too, but I'll get to that later. Hart has an ear for mixing like Brian Wilson. "Prehistoric" doesn't have any more instrumentation than two guitars, one of which is backwards. He infuses this song with the same dreamlike melodies as "Outside Blasts" which seemingly has a hundred tracks of sound. Hart's voice, meanwhile, sounded strained, almost like a ghost.
TIME-BENDING - An interview I read with William Hart helped a lot with album. In it he was talking about all these crazy theories he has, about all of time happening at once. To him, there could be a dinosaur walking right by him and it wouldn't surprise him, because we're all on the same wavelength or something. It was weird complicated scientific stuff, but he definitely believes in it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A grower..
I`ve always been a fan of the Elephant6-collective, which includes: Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, Of Montreal, The Essex Green and Ladybug Transistor... Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by Knut Einar Sundlisaeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Rated, but not Overrated
It is impossible to speak too highly of this album. With elements reminiscent of The Beatles, Beach Boys, and even The Doors, this album rivals early psychedelic classics. Read more
Published on May 23, 2008 by C. Stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars Whaa??
Man, I don't get it. It sounds like psychadelic snippets of Beatles and Beach Boys tossed onto a dark ages torture rack and stretched into oblivion. Read more
Published on March 26, 2008 by Frank Rizzo
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is the very best and most personally important album I own. It's absolutely a record that some people won't get at first, or won't get ever, but once it sinks in it wraps... Read more
Published on October 4, 2006 by J. Anzalone
5.0 out of 5 stars If you still believe in joy (even if the world is full of hate) you...
Very, very late to the world of William Hart and the rest of the elephant 6 crew. I had been diggin on Neutral Milk Hotel for a couple of years, and found this album by accident... Read more
Published on August 1, 2006 by Christopher Ruble
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have made it this far you must have at least a modicum of...
Best. Album. EVAR.
Published on June 1, 2006 by R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars add to the praise? what the hell.
(i'm 29). i share a certain trait with william cullen hart: we both are rezzurecting the best elements of 60's psych but putting our own spin on it. Read more
Published on July 30, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars a timeless classic
Words cannot describe the effect this album has had on me. Will Cullen Hart is a genius, and the layered sound on "A Peek" alone is worth the buy. Read more
Published on June 18, 2004 by milap
5.0 out of 5 stars People made of paper come and go...
Utterly coherent and interstellar at the same time, this is the psychedelic album that an ADHD kid would make. Read more
Published on March 21, 2004 by ->
4.0 out of 5 stars Sand Dune Salty Twilight
Length - 58:35
Psychedelic but not poppy, convoluted but not inextricable, abstruse but not bewildering, slow but not boring, it's Circulatory System! Read more
Published on October 14, 2003 by Blackberries
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