Circles Around The Sun (feat. Neal Casal) – Interludes For The Dead (2015)
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Neal Casal Curated Quartet Composed Freewheeling Jams Heard During The Intermissions At The Historic Fare Thee Well Concerts
Those lucky enough to score a “miracle” ticket to the Fare Thee Well concerts this summer were treated to some potent psychedelic jams during the shows’ intermissions. The mysterious group behind those freewheeling tunes was Circles Around the Sun, a band convened by guitarist Neal Casal specifically for the project.
The project began when Casal was asked by video director Justin Kreutzmann to compose and record more than five hours of original music to be played along with the visuals Kreutzmann was preparing for the Fare Thee Well intermissions. “The idea was to not only show reverence for the past but to ultimately, move it forward. If there’s anything to be learned from the Grateful Dead, it is to dissolve your boundaries, push your limits, and discover your own voice in this world,” explains Casal, the lead guitarist and co-lyricist for The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and part-time member of Phil Lesh and Friends.
Casal was joined in the studio by keyboardist Adam MacDougall, a fellow member of Robinson’s Brotherhood and Lesh’s Friends. The balance of Circles Around The Sun consists of bassist Dan Horne (Beachwood Sparks, Jonathan Wilson) and drummer Mark Levy (The Congress). All of the music on INTERLUDES FOR THE DEAD was written collectively – with nothing prepared beforehand or added afterward – and recorded live by engineer J.P. Hesser.
Before attending the first Fare Thee Well concert in Santa Clara, no one in the group knew
quite what to expect. “We figured it would be low-volume background music that people would ignore in their eagerness to hear the headliners,” Casal recalls. “Fine by us, we were just there to dance and dig the music anyway. It was the surprise of our lives to find out just how wrong we were.”
1. Hallucinate A Solution 20:32
2. Gilbert’s Groove 12:21
3. Kasey’s Bones 21:05
4. Space Wheel 17:27
1. Ginger Says 11:46
2. Farewell Franklins 25:05
3. Saturday’s Children 9:25
4. Scarlotta’s Magnolias 10:43
5. Hat And Cane 11:30
6. Mountains Of The Moon 5:17
Neal Casal – guitar
Adam MacDougall – keyboards
Dan Horne – bass
Mark Levy – drums