An ambitious debut that delivers on several levels but still leaves room for improvement.
Much like the Daredevil Christopher Wright's recently released The Nature of Things, Circles boasts gorgeous and ornate melodies with smart lyrics in the classical-tinged folk/Americana genre. There's a drastic difference in tone between those two records, though. Circles is noticeably darker throughout and a bit more straight-ahead. At times, it's also more ambitious -- for example, Circles' sprawling centerpiece, the nine-minute "I Have Heart, I Have a Heart". Unfortunately, such ambition occasionally backfires on them, with the length of several tracks, and "I Have Heart" in particular, really taking a toll. With some tightening of the screws and mending of loose ends, Colossal Gospels may end up a force to be reckoned with.