Thank you so much to Japanese “Prog Notes” for this Honor!
“Circuline’s 1st album ‘Return’ was nominated last year for the ‘Rookie of the Year Award’. ‘Counterpoint’ is a step up from the debut & a very elaborate & well done album. Indeed, this feels like the pioneering of a new generation of American Progressive music. This album also takes the road to the land of orthodox American Symphony. The melody lines are dramatic & emotional. When listening, I can imagine visuals between dreams & reality. Circuline, both by word of mouth & in reality has achieved a real self- evolution. The best new work voted #1 this year was the album by ‘Kansas’ & I have to say that Circuline’s album is right up there too. It’s astonishing, their growth, & I’m looking forward to hear more of their musical world & wishing them all the respect in the future for a higher rank!
RoSfest – “Jefferson Airplane gone proggy? The smooth chemistry between co-lead vocalists Natalie Brown and Billy Spillane amidst soaring symphonic atmospheres evoked as much, especially in Brown’s Grace Slick-like phrasing…….played tightly despite recent lineup changes…..Bassist Harold Skeete, on emergency loan from Ad Astra, deftly negotiated difficult material and contributed a poignant rendition of ‘America the Beautiful’. New guitar virtuosos Beledo shined with dextrous chops complementing the leads and fills of keyboardist Andrew Colyer…….Violinist Joe Deninzon guested late in the set”
Counterpoint Review – 3.5 stars – “Varied melodies and styles from musical theater and jazz to classic rock and traditional prog…..symphonically soaring…..moves through multiple passages both playful and serious, while conveying a lyrical theme…..multiple yet interdependent sonic perspectives…..”
Thank you so much to John Collinge and Michael Popke!
Circuline’s new album Counterpoint received an excellent review in the UK’s Classic Rock Society magazine!
“Confident in its vision…..a very particular style…..What we have here is drama – big, bombastic, epic progressive rock with everything turned up to 11. The production is massive…..two excellent lead vocalists in Natalie Brown and Billy Spillane, so add Colyer’s third vocal and we have some very effective harmonies…..the music matches the production…..Colyer’s dominant keyboards are excellent throughout, recalling Keith Emerson particularly…..short instrumental vignettes are also nicely used…..high on quality and craft…..for those that like their prog powerful and dramatic, it’s a must listen.”
Thank you so much to Miles, David, and SL at Classic Rock Society for this review!
Thank you so much to Martin Hutchinson from ProgRadar for such a spectaular review of Circuline’s new album, “Counterpoint”!
Dynamic guitars dominate the soundscape, interspersing with the keyboards like some ELP-esque monster. It’s forceful and influential Prog with a vivid outlook…..highly impressive…..a huge wave of sound engulfs you with its magnificence…..the vocals..are theatrical to the max, superbly interplay between [Billy Spillane] and Natalie Brown….. laid back, chilled sections that occasionally grace your aural sensors, they give you a sweet respite from the upsurging music that hits you square on the jaw but always leaves you smiling…..artful and dramatic…..the feel that you are in an actual theatre, enjoying a musical show…..heartfelt and moving…..definite hints of Glass Hammer and even Dream Theater…..the instrumental sections are really convoluted and complex…..there is something for everyone…..just excellent songwriting and musicianship…..the cinematic overtones are there in spades…..vigorous drumbeat adding to that high energy aura…..the vocals hit the spot…..clever integration of the complexities of progressive rock infused with some powerful rock elements to give that cinematic feel…..thoughtful and contemplative…..a superlative listening experience, a musical journey that, once traveled, you are happy to return to time after time….. like the perfect recipe from some masterchefs of the musical world…..lush vocals laid before us…..grin inducing guitar solos and keyboard runs abound and you are just left floating in a world of musical well-being…..you are left wanting for nothing with this band’s repertoire and it is shown to the full…..I have to admit, by the end of this album, I am left feeling that I have been spoiled by the music and talent on offer.