Melbourne’s alt-metal outfit Circles deliver the pinnacle of Australian progressive metal with their new single ‘Dig’.Streaming now via Wild Thing Records,the new single comes ahead of their long-awaited EP The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1 which is set for release on 25th November. Pre-order The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1 HERE
The Stories We Are Afraid Of | Vol. 1 is the first instalment of an epic two-part EP, following Circles’ sophomore record, The Last One,which garnered international recognition and domestic success in Australia (#4 TheMusic’s Album of the Year 2018, #3 AIR Independent Albums). The progressive giants continue to lead the path of the international djent movement with their upcoming release, furthering the incorporation of shimmering, wavering pads, belting breakdowns and propelling percussion.
The next instalment of The Stories We Are Afraid Of continues on where previous single ‘Sleepwalking’ left off, portraying the process of piecing together existentialism and identity to rekindle a strong connection with oneself, which had previously dwindled to a flicker. ‘Sleepwalking’ encompasses the realisation of the cathartic state and ‘Dig’ marks the first steps towards change, leaving four more tracks to shape the meaning of the EP.
Frontman Ben Rechter states: “The overarching theme of Vol.1 is one of a loss of identity and purpose, and trying to recapture a sense of wonder and passion for life that was once a core part of you. Musically, we went into these writing sessions with a focus on being more direct than on previous albums, steering away from crowding songs with heaps of different riffs for the sake of having more riffs that we personally like in there.”
Shining through the sandstorm of modern metal, ‘Dig’ delivers dreamy delayed guitars, dynamic ancillary percussion and a massive metal spine built on the imperishableness of Rechter’s lead vocals. The culmination of powerful breakdowns, serrated guitar riffs and surreal pads leaves you choking on every breath before the final breakdown–the apex of ‘Dig’.
‘Sleepwalking’ narrated the feelings of regret and hopelessness in time wasted, unable to action the changes to move out of the negative feedback loop towards what you’re searching for. ‘Dig’ marks the first steps taken to enforce this change in your life. Instead of living in the hole of complacency and familiar surroundings, ‘Dig’ is about battling the mind to muster up the strength and rise through the grit of one’s metaphorical grave, even if this is only finding motivation to leave the house.
Rechter speaks on the theme behind ‘Dig’: “This is all about those first steps out of that dark hole. Your mind fights against you, and everything feels like it’s not going to work, but it’s not necessarily about success, at least not in the beginning. It’s about starting to change what you need to change, even if on the first day, all you can do is make sure you step outside and see the sun.”
‘Dig’ was mastered by Luke Cinacotta (Karnivool) and mixed and produced by Circles’ own Ted Furuhashi, showcasing his prior experience on Twelve Foot Ninja’s debut album, Silent Machine.