Arc in Round: Arc in Round – album review

Arc in Round: Arc in Round - album review | Louder Than WarArc in Round: Arc in Round (La Societe Expeditionnaire)
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“Philadelphia 4-piece Arc in Round reflect a sonic sensibility garnered from hours of studio tracking, tweaking and sonic experimentation”. Or so it says on their Facebook page anyway. Read our review of their recent self titled release to see if we agree or, more pertinently, to see if we liked their album.

Philadelphia’s contributions to music have been generous. Historically, the industrial city has produced stars from every conceivable genre. American Bandstand was born in Philly, as was Chubby Checker’s pop, Dead Milkmen’s punk rock and The Roots’ R&B. Today, the city plays host to some of the United States’ most exciting indie artists. Arc in Round’s ambient sounds are no exception, with each disc further cementing their status as a band to watch. Arc in Round’s music is premiere ambient pop. It is sophisticated, dreamy and addictive.

Within the past five years, Arc in Round has produced two EP’s and two full-length albums. Their flawless production values and warm sounds are particularly admirable in Arc in Round, which flows from start-to-finish with a dichotomy of hues that are, at times, both fuzzy and stark. There are moments that recall the sticky-sweet ambience of Jesus and Mary Chain, the vastness of The Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth’s conceptualisation of noise. Holding it all together is frontman Jeff Ziegler, whose brilliant production values shine as the true star of the twelve track LP.

That being said, Arc in Round is a strong outfit from every corner. The comatose vocals of Ziegler and co-songwriter Mikele Edwards are absolutely gorgeous, and the layers upon layers of melody create a lush soundscape that could act as a soundtrack for heaven. Arc in Round manages to be both atmospheric and clarifying, and maintains a strong momentum for most of its dozen tracks. Perhaps the only sign of waning comes around song number eight, when the album’s previously found punch becomes a bit less obvious. Regardless, the LP is never short of delightful. Arc in Round is a tight collection of buoyant tracks that is sure to excite the avant-pop enthusiast.

The album can be bought / listened to in full from the Arc in Round’s Bandcamp here. They also have a website here, are on Facebook here & they do twitter.

All words by Maren McGlashan. You can read more from Maren on LTW here.

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