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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.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
07.22.19
Didn't have a long write up in me this time but this is excellent. Glass Arrows was my runner-up.

Slex
07.22.19
Pretty decent pick, lots of choices, Circa had a hell of a decade

Sinternet
07.22.19
would have picked schema but this is a great track too

Feather
07.22.19
This was my favorite circa album, couldn't get into the band until this release. Would have picked Lustration as my favorite track off of it though.

Alucard125
07.22.19
Same - this was the first Circa album that really clicked with me. Flesh and Bone would be my choice.

Feather
07.22.19
Weird they seemed to earn so many new fans with this record so late in their career ... I feel like their sound has been pretty solidified for years

GreyShadow
07.23.19
fuck yes, their best song!!!

SowingSeason
07.23.19
Personally speaking I was drawn to the album art. Sadly that's what finally made me sit down and take notice lol.

Ashtiel
07.23.19
this band's album artwork in general is breathtaking.

Odal
07.23.19
This is definitely my favorite track off of The Amulet, but I would still say it's probably the most boring album they've put out this decade (though still very good). Violent Waves and Descensus were kind of glorious messes, but they seemed to aim a little higher even though they missed the mark more spectacularly. I'd probably have to give best song by them to either Get Out or Dyed in the Wool

ProjectFreak
07.23.19
oooh good album, but I'd definitely take Rites of Investiture over this personally. this album made me believe this kind of melodic, catchy post-hardcore still has legs

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