It is hard to keep up with the ever-growing side projects of certain band members, and Sorority Noise‘s Cameron Boucher definitely fits into that category. This time he is back and playing guitar with SMALL CIRCLE – who release full length CYCLICAL on September 8.
Packed with distant vocals, an abundance of road-trip friendly instrumentation and a whole load of fresh sounds; it is an album to be held highly once you have discovered the brilliance of Philadelphia band. Cyclical comes on the back of their first EP, Melatonin, which only adds more brilliance to the discography of Small Circle – with Marissa D’elia debuting as a front-woman, the confidence and elegance gives the impression of a lifetime in the spotlight.
Leaning towards the genre of indie-pop, rather than Sorority Noise‘s (both Adam Ackerman and Charlie Singer feature in the band, too) typically ’emo’ approach gives a new dimension to their sound – the likes of Spinning and Point Breeze especially are bulging with feel good pop characteristics, but there are also the deeper, more meaningful tracks such as Stuartess where Boucher rambles “Spare me the details and laugh in my face” and “I only love you when it’s just you and I” which fizzle out into an ambient, chilling outro.
The way vocalists Boucher and D’elia work is similar to The Moldy Peaches in the sense of Cyclical being a coming of age record with a perfect harmony or workload. Seamlessly taking over the lead and leaving at the perfect time is a highlight of this LP and hopefully we hear more from this combination in the future.