Kelley Stoltz – Circular Sounds

February 17, 2008

kelleystoltzCircular Sounds, the fourth album from San Francisco based artist Kelley Stoltz, finds him partying like it’s 1969 (or so). As with his other albums, it’s mostly a one man show, with Stoltz playing the vast majority of the instruments himself. That said, Circular Sounds has a pretty full sound, with nothing much suggesting the low fi home recording style for which Stoltz has been known. The reference points for the music seem pretty clear, the Byrds, the Beatles, the Kinks and the Beach Boys among them, but Stoltz still manages to put his personal stamp on the genres that influence his songs. It’s actually a pretty delightful album, with a nice mix of psychedelic pop and garage rock material, and other points between. Standout cuts: “Tintinnabulation,” “Gardenia,” “When You Forget” and “Your Reverie.”


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