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Born in Rio de Janeiro, the band makes a sound echoing the philosophy contained in its name. Even though they are influenced by classic and modern bands, Fleeting Circus aims to create a unique sound for the beginning of the 21st century. The dissonance and earnest aspects of their sound are reminiscent of acts like Chore, Deftones, Jeff Buckley and Sunny Day Real Estate.
‘The Dream World Of Magic’ EP has two songs that made history in the first edition of the Yamaha Brazilian Beat Festival, “Fake Station” and “Underground”.
Truly living up to their name, they are currently performing and touring with a travelling circus, the musical Unicirco Rock Show, playing their ambitious soon to be released original soundtrack, blending the powerful sound of guitars with the majestic flight of acrobats. On top of this instrumental release, Fleeting Circus also have a new full-length in the works and more tour dates on the way.
Their current Ep ‘Dream World Of Magic’, makes for a solid listen all the way through. Hooky and heavy as hell was the intention here, and it makes for some of the more quality rock moments I’ve heard in recent memory. Album opener “Life Between Two Paper Sheets” catches attention spans real quick, with a slow intense intro and rock steady bridge and chorus line.
“Fake Station” kicks out of it’s starting blocks with a ravaging guitar riff. After the dust settles, the chorus levels the track out with screaming harmonies over a 3/4 beat, carried by a wall of guitars. This kind of material is radio rock gold, but it’s never cheap.
“Underground” takes the radio rock gold theory one step further. The sound is more controlled and evenly balanced, with softer guitar tones and the powerfully throaty voice of Taynã Frota, cunningly entrapping listeners into his web of endearing vocal intonations. This one’s even ready for the Billboard charts, as it’s sound sits perfectly between The Muse and The GooGoo Dolls.
“Come On”, is the band’s ballsiest track on the album. Hair-raising screams that could only come from Frota are laid on thick as chords are hammered out loud and furious, by Rod Seven and Frota himself. Beyond that, solid drum rhythms supplied by Danny Seven and Felipe Vianna’s bassline hooks are highlighted by big crashing choruses.
“Not The End” is filled with overdriven 90’s alternative guitars, which make it one of the more driven, upbeat and catchier tracks on the record.
The stand out track of the album however, is undoubtedly the emotionally poignant, “Hurricane.” This final song, rounds out the album with it’s tumultuous slow build-up and mind-blowing crescendo, that makes you feel like the song is being sung directly to you. The closing bars fade out with a fiery and harmonic lead guitar solo.
Consistency is this album’s strongpoint, giving us a kind of modern rock that’s tangible, agreeable, and, most importantly, sound’s genuine to the band.
On this album, the band musically, keep climbing to bigger and better places, track after track, simply because they seem to continue to hone in on what makes their sound work.
A large part of the album’s successfull sound, should also be attributed to the production by Márcio Biáso. Together, they don’t try to reinvent the wheel, they just keep the music rolling.
And that’s just what “Dream World Of Magic” achieves.
Fleeting Circus deliver us a rock-solid album from open to close. The drought is over. Rock is back. Brazilian-style!
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