Seven years after the release of their debut full-length, ‘As the Roots Undo,’ Circle Takes the Square are readying their follow-up. The band’s new album, ‘Decompositions: Volume I,’ is set for release this fall via their newly-formed label, Gatepost Recordings.
“The process of creating ‘Decompositions: Volume I’ was lengthy and trying, to say the least, but ended up being an extremely educational and musically horizon-broadening experience of particular value for a band that has always challenged itself and attempted to occupy a space beyond the bounds of its own limitations,” noted frontman Drew Speziale in a press statement. “The first phase of our songwriting sessions was to generate raw material in the form of short collections of riffs that we would jam together and organize into loose outlines for songs. We considered these to be “sketches,” and by the end of 2008 we had manifested the basic musical vocabulary that would define our evolving sound. Then, the task of structuring the final versions of the lengthy songs we were creating began. For the next year and a half we attempted to balance the important and demanding developments within our personal lives (three marriages, an engagement, and two of us relocating to another region of the country), while still working on our music and making as much progress as possible with our songs.”
“From the very beginning of the writing process, our mission statement was to comprehensively explore the musical themes that we were creating,” Speziale added. “We set out to build upon the stylistic foundation we had established with ‘As the Roots Undo,’ but were determined to provide ourselves with the room to experiment, and try our hands at more repetition, variation and management of space in ways we hadn’t attempted before. We decided not to let song-length or other logistical limitations inhibit the sprawling arrangements we were crafting, and ventured to grant each individual idea within our multi-movement songs its own chance to meander and evolve: sometimes in linear ways, and sometimes within the framework of more traditional progressions. Our emphasis on fine-tuning, experimenting with, and expanding our approach to song structure enabled the creation of the three fully-arcing, musical story-lines that will make up ‘Decompositions: Volume I’ (which has a running time of 50-plus minutes).”
Circle Takes the Square’s current lineup consists of founders Drew Speziale (vocals) and Kathy Stubelek (bass), as well as newcomers Dave Rabitor (guitar) and Caleb Collins (drums).
To help fund the group’s new effort, head on over to their Kickstarter page.