Circulatory System
Signal Morning


4.5
superb

Review

by Lewis P. STAFF
April 10th, 2010 | 30 replies | 11,910 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sky came down and tapped us on the shoulder.

Circulatory System plays out like one might envision the human body when described as a machine, full of hardwires and nerves connecting vessels pooling oil into our lungs to give us sustenance and power our brain. Signal Morning imagines that machine as the byproduct of all the emotional and physical stress it is subjected to, the worker ant diligently accepting the patterns spun by a misty grey mother nature and all the orange parties filled with woodpeckers it can stomach: here are the electronic diversions, the I You and We crowding the walkways and talk talking our thoughts to We I and You. Here are the mental breakdowns seized by a mysterious illness and its arduous, triumphant recovery, as if the story of Elephant Six alumni Will Cullen Hart-- following the release of debut Circulatory System, Hart was forced into a seven year hiatus by the symptoms and diagnoses soon thereafter of multiple sclerosis-- is infused into the very DNA of Signal Morning’s chaotic, cut-and-paste pastiche. The facts are these: creatively rejuvenated following the successful recovery of his eyesight and other physical and psychological ailments, Hart recorded 30 or 40 tracks on a handful of CDs which he handed over to bandmates Charlie Johnston and Nesey Gallons to sequence and edit together. “They added some horns and backing vocals. It was awesome.” All the original members of The Olivia Tremor Control appear, as well as Neutral Milk Hotel members Jeff Mangum and Julian Koster. It at times recalls the neo-psychedelic that many of these Elephant 6ers, Hart included, have made quite the impression on.

As a personal narrative (quite the overstated, sprawling narrative at that), Signal Morning is something a bit more intriguing, relying more often on the emotional provocation of its sound experiments and how they widen the emotional cracks of ruminations like, “Why not try breathing along with the universe?” or, “Do you think we can lift the shadow? Do you think at all?” Questions are posed, answers are contradicted, and Hart, aided by remarkably creative companions, unsnarls an industrial indie-psychedelic-rock clusterfuck that covers all the requirements one must cover when attempting a follow-up to one of the decade's earliest lo-fi trend-setters. Signal Morning is also a bold championing of that genre at a point when contentions must be made about its current state and unforeseeable future, and a celebration of the life that leads to such an intimate, overstuffed recount of one's own particle parade.



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plane
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010



6085 Comments


Reviewing has become this thing I cannot do but this I had to. Listen.

SeaAnemone
April 10th 2010



19721 Comments


I really dislike Olivia Tremor Control but I feel like I owe this a listen

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Ghostechoes
April 10th 2010



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup, this album is awesome.

plane
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010



6085 Comments


On a related note, check out this track http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_wQ3PgS204

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010



10258 Comments


olivia tremor control rules eric whats wrong with you

and oh hey essplode

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lobby
April 10th 2010



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, it's pretty good.

liledman
April 10th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i like it but quite obviously not as much as you.

review is about as succinct as they come, nice work.

Kiran
Emeritus
April 10th 2010



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very nice

AggravatedYeti
April 10th 2010



7684 Comments


I love this album

and sorry eric; Olivia are prob way cooler than you.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010



14986 Comments


haha was waiting for this review


great album; saw them live and it was fairly awesome (especially the title track from this)

plane
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010



6085 Comments


I'm rather surprised by the lack of hyperbole by the few that have heard this. I can't stop listening, it only gets better.

Ghostechoes
April 10th 2010



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Last year, I listened to this incessantly for nearly two months. Nowadays, however, when I listen to
it only occasionally, I feel like part of its beauty has been lost. Still a great album, though.

Roach
April 10th 2010



2149 Comments


this is incredz

joshuatree
Emeritus
April 10th 2010



3743 Comments


ugh such a good album, so lame how so many people slept on this

Boognish3
April 10th 2010



264 Comments


what do they sound like i'm not reading the review

plane
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010



6085 Comments


On a related note, check out this track http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_wQ3PgS204


Skyler
April 10th 2010



1084 Comments


The first album was good, but it really trailed off about halfway through.

plane
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010



6085 Comments


After first song tbh

CrimsonChin
April 11th 2010



116 Comments


so i'm guessing starting with this out of their two albums would be the best bet?

Obfuscation24
April 11th 2010



3939 Comments


This has to be one of the most unique albums I've ever heard, but in a good way.



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