Circles Around The Sun have announced five East Coast shows in August to support their upcoming double album, Let It Wander, available August 17 on Rhino Records. Comprised by guitarist Neal Casal and keyboardist Adam MacDougall (bandmates in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood) along with bassist Dan Horne (Jonathan Wilson, Grateful Shred) and drummer Mark Levy (We Dream Dawn, Bonfire Dub), the run begins in Asbury Park followed by dates in Brooklyn, NY, Ardmore, PA and Burlington, VT before concluding at Huichica East Festival in New York’s Hudson Valley. With Circles Around The Sun’s individual members busier than ever due to participation in other projects, these five performances are a rare opportunity to experience the band live. Hear the album’s first single, “Immovable Object” below….
Circles Around The Sun upcoming tour dates are:
August 22 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
August 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
August 24 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
August 25 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
August 26 – Pine Plains, NY – Huichica Music Festival
Originally, Circles Around the Sun (CATS) was only supposed to record a handful of Grateful Dead-influenced instrumentals to be played during the set breaks at the Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts in 2015. 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.
Among the album’s highlights is “One For Chuck” featuring a surprise cameo by Chuck D. The charismatic leader of 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 raved to the band how much he loved the music, so they asked him to record an intro. He obliged, and they dedicated the song to him.
Let It Wander will be released on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital formats. Pre-Order is available now.