I'll admit that I don't know Circa Survive's music that well, but their new album Blue Sky Noise seems a bit more accessible than their previous work. I was impressed with the album's production and Blue Sky Noise's 12 tracks add up to a solid album from beginning to end. There isn't a weak track on the entire album.
Blue Sky Noise kicks off with "Strange Terrain", an upbeat opener tinged with an other-worldly sound that gives it a uniqueness. As great as "Strange Terrain" is, the next track, "Get Out" is the album's best and one of the best songs I've heard so far this year. It's a bombastic three-minute masterpiece that showcases Anthony Green's crisp soprano vocals and a hard aggressive sound. "Get Out" is the perfect lead single as it encapsulates the album's hard, but melodic sound reminiscent of Strata or Thrice.
What makes Blue Sky Noise so great is that nearly every track has a moment or something going for it. Whether it's the screaming choir section on "Glass Arrows" or the great guitar work at the climax of "Through the Desert Alone", every track has something to look forward to which kept me coming back for more and more.
Green and Circa Survive show that they can do more than blistering alt-rock tracks on the stand-out "I Felt Free". It sounds like a radio ready modern rock track with a mid-tempo pace, and a memorable hook and melody. "I Felt Free" is a bit mellow, but by no means sleepy.
Again, the production is excellent and there are transitions between some of the songs that bleed one song into another. This helps to give the album a cohesive overall sound even with the diversity of the tracks; which is another strength.
I have to think that Circa Survive are poised for a break into the mainstream. They'll be touring with Coheed and Cambria from April 22nd through May 17th for what will likely be an amazing show.