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The Unwed Sailor

Circles

(Burnt Toast Vinyl)

This two-song, 16-minute EP is the first batch of new material for this eclectic, artsy ensemble. The first song entitled “Circles 1: Mist” is a slow and somewhat haunting piece that brings to mind a cross between Eno and Vangelis—very deliberate but very soothing at the same time. A guitar enters the rather mellow fray roughly six minutes in, giving it more of a Floydian interlude feeling which continues without many bumps or sways for the following five minutes. “Circles 2: Mesa” seems to pick up where the first track left off, although this one has an ambient hue to it as the percussions come to the fore, becoming an up-tempo tune by comparison. And the homestretch brings to mind U2 without Bono in the studio, a delightful and rather uplifting song that gently fades out.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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