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After the split of the Olivia Tremor Control, songwriter W. Cullen Hart's first step was to create the Circulatory System. Featuring members of the former Olivias and other notable Elephant 6 luminaries, the Circulatory System's self titled first album is an exploration of the larger and the smaller, the here and the far away, and the now and the forever. lately, the band has been applying the finishing touches to the follow up to their debut which will be released on September 8, 2009!
Seven and a half years in the making, culled from hours of recorded material sculpted in at least seven different studios, the new Circulatory System album is an absolutely stellar document of song and sound. Still concerned with matters of the inner / the outer, the incomprehensibly huge and the very, very small. An imperative blast of kinetic motion, composed by W. Cullen Hart while in the midst of battling Multiple Sclerosis within his own system - broadcasting his urgent pleas to the world(s) to evolve into a higher dimension or for existing patterns to reveal themselves at peace within the natural order of the universe.
Nesey Gallons is a singer-songwriter who toured with the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour as well as The Music Tapes, Nana Grizol, and Brian Dewan, and recently contributed to Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, Circulatory System’s Signal Morning, and Julian Koster’s The Singing Saw at Christmastime. The first full-length album by Nesey, Eyes & Eyes & Eyes Ago, was recently self-released in a limited edition, in CD-R format with homemade packaging (along with 2 other works, Somewhere We Both Walk and Two Bicycles). Now Hurrah for Karamazov Records will be officially releasing Eyes & Eyes & Eyes Ago on September 8 in vinyl LP and digital download (the same date Signal Morning will be released by Cloud Recordings). A small CD pressing is also planned. It’s a cliche, but the album might genuinely be called a haunting collection of songs: in the press release, Nesey says, “Walking past a graveyard is just as much of an influence on me as Rubber Soul. The idea of being surrounded by other souls, real or imagined, interacting with them and coming to terms with their loss and absence is largely what this record is about.” An East Coast tour is also in the works. (source: Optical Atlas)
Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t
Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't is the side project of The Olivia Tremor Control keyboardist Peter Erchick. Created in 1999, the name is allegedly from an illustration he read in a children's book. When the members of the Olivia Tremor Control split into their various projects following the release of their Black Foliage album, Erchick submitted a track to a Jandek tribute compilation under this name.
In 2001, Erchick released the first album of this project, Individualized Shirts, originally on Cloud Recordings. A United States tour in 2002 with Circulatory System followed, along with a self-released tour album called Special Fanfare for Anything. Orange Twin Recordings re-released Individualized Shirts in 2003.
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