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Russian Circles Share Swirling New Song “Arluck”

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Russian Circles have reunited with producer Kurt Ballou for their new album, Blood Year, set to come out this summer. That alone should be enough to pique your interest!

Then again, it’s Russian Circles we’re talking about here, undisputed kings of proggy, instrumental post-rock… and is there anyone on Earth who does not have at least a passing appreciation for this band? We absolutely love ’em, of course, and the album’s first single, “Arluck,” is a great reminder of why. Despite the absence of vocals, Russian Circles have always been fantastic at painting a vivid sonic tapestry that tells a story with plenty of ups, downs, ins and outs, a dynamic emotional journey all within the space of one song. “Arluck” is yet another fine entry in that vein, and Ballou’s production — as usual, striking the perfect balance between organic and polished — is the grease that gets it there.

Press copy accompanying the single’s release explains of the approach the band took this time around:

“Sullivan [Mike, guitar], Turncrantz [Dave, drums], and Cook [Brian, bass] made a conscious effort to approach the songs on Blood Year with the same organic feel of a live show. In an age where rock records are often built on a computerized grid, Russian Circles chose to track the foundations of the songs together in one room as complete takes without click tracks. The human pulse and unmetered energy is woven throughout Blood Year, a presence that can be felt with each bone-rattling minute.”

Blood Year comes out on August 2nd via Sargent House; pre-order on physical or digital. The band just announced a fall tour as well; dates underneath the embed.

09/11 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
09/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Culture Center *
09/14 Bozeman, MT @ Rialto Bozeman *
09/16 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
09/17 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
09/19 San Francisco, CA @ August Hall *
09/20 Ventura, CA @ Discovery Ventura *
09/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom *
09/23 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile *
09/24 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
09/25 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
09/28 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
10/18 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
10/19 Detroit, MI @ El Club
10/20 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
10/21 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
10/23 Portsmouth, NH @ 3S ArtSpace
10/24 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
10/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/29 Washington, DC @ Union Stage
10/30 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
11/01 Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall +
11/02 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre +
11/03 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade +
11/04 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s +
11/06 Houston, TX @ The Secret Group +
11/08 Austin, TX @ Levitation
11/09 Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Company +
11/11 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall +

w/ FACS *
w/ Windhand +

[via Lambgoat]

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