BrooklynVegan is currently streaming Mantha, the mind-blowing new EP from avant-rock trio ODD CIRCUS. The premiere comes in advance of the EP’s official release this Friday, April 2nd via Good Idea Music.
Operating out of Orlando, Florida and Washington, DC, the fittingly monikered ODD CIRCUS explores the suspension of space and time through sound. Forged in improvisation, the band’s music navigates a boundary-less sonic landscape that embraces the unknown and welcomes the bizarre. The result is an experimental style of psychedelic art-rock that weaves its way into garage, fusion, krautrock, no wave, post-rock, noise, hard psych, and sci-fi prog.
Writes BrooklynVegan of the release, “Some band names just totally capture what the band is going to sound like, and ODD CIRCUS is one of them. The Orlando-based avant-rock trio is made up of a guitarist/bassist/drummer, a bassist/drummer, and a saxophonist, and — in their own (extremely accurate) words — they make a blend of post-rock, fusion, no wave, noise, experimental, garage rock, psychedelic, and sci-fi prog. It’s the kind of thing that fans of Zappa, Mike Patton, Cardiacs, The Residents, etc. are gonna eat up, and like all of those artists, ODD CIRCUS really earn the right to be as weird as possible. It’s not that the music isn’t self-indulgent, it’s just that they make self-indulgence sound really fucking awesome.”
Stream ODD CIRCUS’ Mantha at THIS LOCATION.
ODD CIRCUS – saxophonist Graham Robertson (Aztec Sun, Bad Luck Gold, Tuff Lover, Astrocero), drummer Partin Whitaker (Prison Wine, We’re So Hip, ex-Diocious, ex-Savi Fernandez Band), and bassist/sound engineer Crews Carter (Prison Wine) – released their full-length debut Lunatic Children in 2019 and has since amassed a cult following. ODD CIRCUS reentered Sanitone Studio in Orlando, Florida in July of last year to kick off the first of a series of releases from these sessions beginning with this Spring’s Mantha EP.
Compiled from free improvisations performed live, Mantha was recorded by the band, mixed by Crews Carter and ODD CIRCUS, and mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering (Melbourne, Australia) with cover art by Katharina Maisenbacher.
Mantha will be released digitally via the band’s own Good Idea Music April 2nd. Find preorders at the ODD CIRCUS Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
Graham Robertson – saxophones, effects
Partin Whitaker – drums
Crews Carter – bass, effects
“Free-form improvisation is the orifice through which the music expands into creation on the new album from Odd Circus… Pushing aside predilections, the music on this EP will find its way into your psyche. It will be an altered state experience for the heavy music crowd, and we could all use that now and again. Recommended.” – Flying Fiddlesticks
“ODD CIRCUS transports your mind to places I highly doubt it has ever been before… one of the most interesting and unusual pieces of music I have ever heard…” – Cave Dweller Music