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Good night, Circadian Rhythms.

Circadian Rhythms | courtesy of the band
Circadian Rhythms | courtesy of the band

On October 31, 2005, Halloween, my friend Justin and I set out for an evening of fun and NOT drug-enhanced adventure in Northeast Philly. On that crisp autumn evening, we made our way to a jam session in the city’s Fox Chase section. Carrying my Roland JP-8000 synthesizer under my arm, we made our way to the basement of my future friend and bandmate Mike Eckstrom’s house. I spent the next few hours in that basement, meeting new faces, talking shit and doing my best Brian Eno impression on keys. Someone was supposed to be recording that night but I’m not sure if anyone did. 15 years later, what I recall of the sound we made that night is close to what you’d expect from a group of young people — many of whom had just met each other — attempting to play coherent music together.

Taking a smoke break outside, Chris Clark, one of the kids present at the jam, invited me to his car to listen to his new band that he and a few childhood friends had started. We sat in the car as he played me a rough recording of their first rehearsal. From what I remember, the music was sparse, nimble and little bluesy. “Yo, I like this a lot,” I said, because I did. Chris informed me the band’s name was Circadian Rhythms. Continue reading →

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Circadian Rhythms share “A Peculiar Kind of Afternoon” video, digitally release new LP

Circadian Rhythms | courtesy of the band
Circadian Rhythms | courtesy of the band

If you made it to Circadian Rhythms‘ show at PhilaMOCA last month, lucky you – you probably got your hands on A Peculiar Kind of Afternoon, the local art poppers’ beautifully constructed new full-length. For the rest of us, the wait is finally over: the band is releasing the LP via digital outlets today.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sheer Mag at First Unitarian Church, Circadian Rhythms at PhilaMOCA, Jimmy Eat World at Sherman Theater

Sheer Mag
Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

Sheer Mag are kicking off a long summer tour tonight at the First Unitarian Church. The extensive list of dates is due to the fact that the local outfit is gearing up to release their debut LP, following a string of beloved rock ‘n’ roll EPs that have peppered their three year career. Check out lead single “Just Can’t Get Enough” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show hereNeed Your Love is out July 14th.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Circadian Rhythms

Philly psych pop travelers Circadian Rhythms are coming up on their first decade as a band, and have they got a great new record to show for it. It’s called A Peculiar Kind of Afternoon and it releases early this summer. The nine songs contained within are a beautiful collection of catchy pop with delicate orchestrations and a psychedelic flourish in the vein of The Beach Boys and The Left Banke.

The sextet is made up of dueling singer-guitarist-songwriters James Mueller and Harry Murtha, bassist Yeho Bostick, violinist Jessica Tucci, keyboardist Michael Eckstrom and drummer Christopher Clark; collectively, they write music in the same spirit as their local rock forerunners Dr. Dog, drawing on the time-tested left-of-center approaches of yesteryear and recontextualizing them for today’s listeners. Continue reading →

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Circadian Rhythms return from the ether with their new single “The Wait”

Circadian Rhythms | courtesy of the band
Circadian Rhythms | courtesy of the band

Unconventional popsters Circadian Rhythms are making 2017 their year, releasing their newest record A Peculiar Kind of Afternoon on May 13th and playing a PhilaMOCA show on that same day. To gives us a taste of what’s to come, the long-running six-piece brings us their newest whimsical single “The Wait.”

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Mellow out with Circadian Rhythms’s new EP, A Passing Thought

Circadian Rhythms
Circadian Rhythms | photo via Facebook

This weekend, Philly indie pop artists Circadian Rhythms have unveiled a new EP called A Passing Thought, a five song flurry of Chicago-meets-The-Shins awesomeness. The EP opens up with “In the Flowers,” a song decorated with horns, shuffling drums and time changes, making you want to dance. “Nice to Be” continues the pop vibe and, the band keeps it up all the way through the EP’s last song, “Lady of the Water.” Continue reading →

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Download a cheery new Circadian Rhythms song “Nice To Be” from their upcoming A Passing Thought EP

Photo via Circadian Rhythms Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA)
Photo via facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA

Philly-based psych rockers Circadian Rhythms released yet another song off of their upcoming A Passing Thought EP today. Following their recent release of “Easily”, the group has now put out it’s third song from the five track EP called “Nice To Be”, an equally upbeat song with sing-songy piano and accents of xylophone, trumpet and saxophone lines; lead singer Christopher Clark’s soft and easygoing vocals practically dance on top. It makes for a great soundtrack as you stroll through the city on one of these fine fall days we have been having. You can download “Nice To Be” below. Continue reading →

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Indie rockers Circadian Rhythms release groovy new single “Easily” off upcoming EP

Photo via Circadian Rhythms Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA)
Photo via Circadian Rhythms Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA)

Upbeat indie rockers Circadian Rhythms have just released their new single “Easily” off their upcoming EP A Passing Thought via Soundcloud, and it’s not one to miss. The Philly-based seven-piece create a lovely, vintage-pop sound with an array of instruments ranging from organ to clarinet, a groovy bassline and easy breezy vocals. The atmosphere of the song is intoxicating, sort of like stepping outside on the first day of spring. Have a listen to “Easily” below. Continue reading →

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Dance to the new Circadian Rhythms single “In The Flowers” see them at Bourbon and Branch next month

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photo via facebook.com/CircadianRhythmsPA

Next month, Philly psych-pop band Circadian Rhythms will release their latest EP, A Passing Thought, and the first single is totally catchy. It’s called “In The Flowers,” and it features a vibrant horn section, a breezy dance tempo and a retro feeling. Check out the song below, and catch the band at Bourbon and Branch on July 25 with Laser Background and Hello Shark. Information for the show can be found here.