The Heavy Circles

February 20, 2008

heavycirclesEdie Brickell and Harper Simon (wife and son of Paul Simon, respectively) comprise the Heavy Circles, and their self-titled debut features ten songs that sound pretty much nothing like Brickell’s previous solo work or her work with the New Bohemians, nor does it much recall the elder Simon’s work. Instead, it’s an eclectic mix of rock, pop, some reggae, some jazz, lushly played and produced. The guest musician list is so extensive that the Heavy Circles practically qualify as an American version of Broken Social Scene or the New Pornographers: Sean Lennon, Yuka Honda, Martha Wainwright, Inara George, Money Mark and Miho Hatori, among others, all made contributions to the record. One hopes this isn’t a one off effort, because this is good stuff. Standout cuts: “Henri,” “Better,” “Confused” and “Wait And Wait.”


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