The Gurus

Closing Circles

by David Maine

9 December 2010


Retro-rockers back for another round

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The Gurus

Closing Circles

(Rainbow Quartz)
US: 5 Oct 2010
UK: Import

The Gurus hail from Barcelona, but sure as heck sound like a product of 1960s San Francisco with sweet harmonies, jangly guitar and pop sensibility. The band sounds more like The Byrds than any band since, well, The Byrds. This is okay, as long as you love The Byrds so much that you want to hear more bands like them; but after four releases on the jangle-pop Rainbow Quartz label, it’s fair to ask whether the Gurus will ever develop an identity of its own.

It’s starting to happen on Closing Circles, but there’s still much retro-baggage to wade through. The opening trio of tunes goes over well-worn territory, but with the somber piano riff of “Be My Wife”, the record takes a turn into something moodier. This continues with a number of strong songs later in the set. “Caught By the Rain” is a hypnotic little number that fades away altogether too fast, while “Necromonicon” chugs along with a sinister crunch. “Where” substitutes wistfulness, acoustic strumming and a pretty melody for jagged chords, while “Lucifer Sam” incorporates a barbed-wire guitar line into an irresistible nugget. Retro-rock? Maybe, but pitch-perfect nonetheless.

Closing Circles


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