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Secrets: Circus Envy’s new CD
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Circus Envy- ‘Say Something’ and ‘Regret’, singlesHeart catching sorrowful reflective folk, strummed, picked mandolin, passionately bowed, scraped fiddle, strolling, dipping bass , time keeping drums recall essence of traditional folk idioms, refrains and instrumentation, brushed with blues chagrin of Indie ballad, narrated in hazy voice of wafting smoke; beautiful mixture of traditional and contemporary folk’s … Continue reading
We wander into more folky territory with Circus Envy and their catchy “Say Something” single, taken from their recently-issued album, “Secrets”. It’s like The Levellers without the rebel-rousing and benefits from a lengthy instrumental passage, which is bound to go down a storm at any festival with a ‘pop-up’ cider tent. This is drinking music … Continue reading
The album, ‘Secrets’ by Circus Envy is a softly rolling and positive effort from the alternative folk five piece from East Yorkshire. Taking their name from an REM track, it seems poignant to review a band that takes strong influences from the group that have recently disbanded. Although the album is generally folk influenced and … Continue reading
Hull-bred folk outfit Circus Envy’s new single Say Something is a double-faced affair. A-side Say Something is catchy as hell, all dolled up in strings and snares, as if threatening to conquer the universe with its fiery, even flamenco-ish guitar visions. It shows the band’s inspirations quite clearly: they take Marcus Mumford, tone down the … Continue reading
Die hard folkies won’t find the modern innovations to be too much for them, and the kiddywinks will be lulled into a false sense of security, with the up to date arrangements and surfeit of ballads. Incidentally, what is it today with bairns and ballads? When I were a lad, it was Motorhead or be … Continue reading
An alt-folk five piece from East Yorkshire who take their name from REM’s surf rock song and feature a largely acoustic line-up that includes mandolin, bouzouki, cajon and flute, their debut album captures my attention immediately with opening track Regret, a wearily reflective ‘wish I was a better man’ number with a great singalong chorus, … Continue reading
Circus Envy! Ha! What a terrible name! Never mind: this is still a lovely but resolutely un-edgy folk/pop album which is heartfelt and played with no little skill and sung in an unshowy, but very effective, manner. And it is shot through with the kind of sunshine which makes for a rather upbeat listen, and … Continue reading
Another review of Secrets after the link: Say Something manages to be comprehensively better than anything Mumford and Sons have come up with, it’s simultaneously stirring and complex, subtle and catchier than bubonic plague via Circus Envy – Secrets | AAAmusic.
Follow the lik for the full review. ‘Secrets’ is the follow up to the EPs ‘Take Me Home’ and ‘A New Dawn’. The album is easy on the ear, full of blended harmonies and a very silky clean finish via Secrets – Circus Envy Album Review by Mat Radbourne.
Another review of Secrets, at the link below. Overall, ‘Secrets’ is a superb album and is full of great folk-rock and traditional folk songs via Album Review: Secrets by Circus Envy | Guitar-Cafe.
Another review for Secrets, this time in FATEA. Secrets is available to download now from our online store. As with many folk albums a lot of aspects of the human condition are touched upon, love, loss, sex, suicide and abandonment, not necessarily in that order. It brings about an album that is not only highly … Continue reading
Some very kind words about Secrets from Folkwords.com. The mix of primarily acoustic traditional and contemporary folk contained in ‘Secrets’ effortlessly blends heritage and innovation with experimentation, a progression so accomplished that ‘Secrets’ moves seamlessly between its styles and influences to present a perfect whole via Album Reviews.