Sunday, July 24, 2011
Ciяcus - Movin' On (1977)
Another one of those odd yet utterly mesmerizing prog. rock gems that people seemed to have missed out on back in the day, Swiss ensemble Circus come across as a strange ambient divergence point between the bright, spiritual complexity of Yes and the black yet jazzy feel of Van Der Graaf Generator, and Movin' On is the place to be to appreciate this seemingly incongruent distinctiveness.
Oh, and there's not a single keyboard note to be heard at all throughout this fantastic record. Sax, flutes, acoustic guitar, dreamy stabs at ambiance, even vocal harmonies...just no keyboard in an era where almost every band had one. Curious, yet wonderful all the same. Timeless too!
Hop to it you freeloaders!