Circa Waves – Never Going Under (2023) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

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Circa Waves – Never Going Under (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 34:37 minutes | 449 MB | Genre: Indie Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Lower Third

Never Going Under is the band’s highly anticipated fifth record, and the encapsulation of a continued upward trajectory for Circa Waves over the last decade. Becoming one of Britain’s most influential and adored guitar bands, the four piece’s dedication to constantly developing their sound has seen them secure increasingly high positions in the Official Album Charts, as well as amassing an army of dedicated fans. Speaking about Never Going Under, frontman Kieran Shudall says: “Never Going under speaks to that uniquely modern phenomenon of genuinely not knowing what type of world our kids are going to find themselves in in 30 years. Physically, environmentally, politically we are completely in the unknown. That scares us all but ultimately we know we can never give up on the future because how can you? The songs on the album are written differently from the previous work we’ve put out. They are written from the perspective of my son and also from my own current experience of the climate today.Liverpool’s Circa Waves have built a career around writing songs that get you dancing while also pushing you to the verge of tears. It’s a dichotomously cathartic vibe they brought to full flower on 2020’s Sad Happy, and one that again drives their often moving fifth album, 2023’s Never Going Under. Centered on singer/songwriter Kieran Shudall, Circa Waves make earnest yet still wryly delivered songs that are equal parts ’90s-style Britpop and early-2000s post-punk — think Blur meets the Killers meets the Strokes and you’ll get a good sense of the band’s sound here. What sets them apart from their influences is Shudall’s knack for weaving what feels like his own personal experience into relatable anthems that capture the moment. If Sad Happy was about the ennui of hitting one’s thirties, then Never Going Under is about becoming a parent and worrying about what the future may bring to you and your family, especially in the wake of a worldwide pandemic, ever-increasing environmental concerns, and widespread political unrest — all themes that Shudall wrestles with here. However, where Sad Happy was stylistically rangy with an underpinning of instrumental experimentation, Never Going Under is the most direct and nervy Circa Waves have sounded since 2015’s Young Chasers. Heralding the zeitgeisty vibes is “Hell on Earth,” a crackling dance-rock anthem in the vein of Blur’s “Song 2” that’s shot through with a pyrrhic, throw-your-hands-in-the-air surrender. The song perfectly encapsulates the feeling of a world slipping away in front of your eyes as Shudall sings, “And everyone’s unhealthy and no one’s getting laid/And when I bump into my friends, I don’t know what to say.” Emotionally gutting yet somehow intensely thrilling moments pop up elsewhere, as on the sparkling, U2-esque “Carry You Home,” in which Shudall reaches for a bit of light in dark times, admitting, “I watch the world fall/As my son begins to crawl/Oh, I hope he sees it all.” It’s that distinctly human sense of discovery and the yearning for a better tomorrow, even as the world crumbles around you, that Circa Waves capture on Never Going Under. – Matt Collar


1. Circa Waves – Never Going Under (02:14)
2. Circa Waves – Do You Wanna Talk (02:26)
3. Circa Waves – Hell On Earth (02:45)
4. Circa Waves – Your Ghost (03:05)
5. Circa Waves – Carry You Home (03:19)
6. Circa Waves – Northern Town (03:47)
7. Circa Waves – Electric City (02:41)
8. Circa Waves – Want It All Today (02:43)
9. Circa Waves – Golden Days (03:50)
10. Circa Waves – Hold On (03:49)
11. Circa Waves – Living in the Grey (03:54)


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