In this week’s installment of Music Friday, I’d like to a spotlight an instrumental rock band from Chicago, Illinois, called Russian Circles. Yeah, last week I featured an instrumental rock band, too, so I guess it’s a phase I’m going through!
Russian Circles has been making music since 2006, and they’ve released seven studio albums so far that have garnered critical acclaim. People like to call them a post-rock/post-metal band, so they’re along the lines of bands like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. Except Russian Circles is probably way heavier than those two bands. The band has a cool, harrowing vibe to them and they really crank out loud, punishing riffs. It’s another one of my favorite bands to listen to while working or spacing out.
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One of the things that’s been keeping me occupied during the pandemic is music. Spotify is a wonderful thing, and I’ve been devouring different types of music during workdays. Rachel is annoyed by it because I’ve been making massive playlists and, at times, getting a tad bit manic with it. But it’s fun, and I haven’t gone full-blown manic, so it’s okay.
So, I’m thinking about a new weekly post called “Music Friday” where I’ll shine a spotlight on a band I’ve been listening to. In this inaugural edition, I offer you the psychadelic sounds of the Danish band Mythic Sunship. I stumbled upon these Copenhagen rockers recently and I haven’t been disappointed. Part of the band’s name derives from John Coltrane’s 1971 record Sun Ship, so there’s one music legend who has influenced them. Indeed, Mythic Sunship’s long jams have many wandering saxophone solos that are reminiscent of Coltrane in his later years.
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