Circa Survive – “The Amulet”
I was late to the Circa Survive party, with The Amulet serving as my first full-album experience with the talented post-hardcore/indie-rock outfit. Although Blue Sky Noise went on to become my favorite album of theirs, as I backtracked through the discography, no individual song has stuck with me quite like the title track from the band’s 2017 LP6. The track is an epic, powerful closer to what is, in my opinion, the most cohesive and consistent album in Circa Survive’s catalog. The verses are catchier than the chorus, which is nice because the majority of the track sways along to that gorgeous melody (“you wanted it so bad, that you didn’t see how fucked it was’) – only erupting in chaos by the concluding minute, where frontman Anthony Green unleashes a series of chilling screams. The main adjectives that come to mind are tight, sprawling, and mysterious – ‘The Amulet’ is all of these things, existing as the perfect microcosm of The Amulet as well as the best Circa Survive song of this decade. It’s a dark horse, certain to be overlooked but very much deserving.