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The Fourth Wall Find a Place for Clamor and Calm in "Circular Ruins" (premiere)

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Portland's the Fourth Wall dream in high volume on the first track from their new album, Infinite Other.

"Circular Ruins" is the first track taken from the Fourth Wall's new album, Infinite Other. Fresh off obtaining a degree in philosophy, frontman Stephen Agustin here signals to Jorge Luis Borges' short story of the same name, about a place of healing and dreaming, and the cycle of creation. The Fourth Wall didn't shy away from heavy matters of the internal and externals worlds in their previous two albums, Motion and Rest (2012) and Lovely Violence (2015), and it doesn't appear that the Portland-based band (originally from Hawaii) intend to start now. "Circular Ruins" brings both the burying static and the resisting light as Augustin, guitarist Kasey Shun, bassist Chris Lau and drummer Andrew White carve out a place where clamor and calm coexist.

The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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