PREMIERE: Semicircle – “Movement is Calm”

Photo by Forrest Aguar

Formed in Athens in 2010, Semicircle started as a solo project from Reptar drummer Andrew McFarland and over time has morphed into a songwriting tag team of sorts with Reptar bassist Ryan Engelberger making up the other half of the duo. In 2012, the group relocated to Atlanta to complete work on their debut full length, Blown Breeze, Grown Grass and We are Part of the Earth, a ten-song collection of soft-focus indie rock and folk that’s spectral and fragile and wonderfully introspective, but is also capable of delivering more animated and volatile moments as evidenced by the lovely, elegiac “Movement is Calm,” which we’re proud to premiere for you today.

The album’s lead single floats through your speakers like a caressing wind, a quietly pulsing piano buttressed against dreamy guitars and a driving backbeat. McFarland’s voice is gentle but commanding; he’s equally adept at lifting the song to shimmering heights as he is blending coyly into its billowing exterior. There’s flashes of vintage ’70s pop lurking in the chorus—warm hooks poised against moody rhythms—but it’s not until those horns chime in and bright colored tones begin to seep into the track’s otherwise muted palette that you really begin to realize just how far the duo can take their subdued aesthetic. In short, it’s powerful stuff—beautifully seductive and quietly redemptive. Listen below.

Blown Breeze, Grown Grass and We are Part of the Earth is due out late 2014 via Quality Faucet Records.

Semicircle will perform this Monday, October 20th, at 529. Supporting them will be Del Venicci and Grand Vapids. Doors open at 9 p.m. Donations accepted the door.

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