Circles are a garage pop band from Chicago whose makeup consists of nearly a dozen other different local bands. From The Ponys to Holy Ghosts to Football, the influences are wide-ranging, and so, in some ways, Circles begins to feel like a band of all-stars, like a supergroup with a wide range of talents. Their recently released EP, Are You Watching the Masters? Because The Masters Are Watching You, finds its strength in its tightness, which is no surprise given the musical acumen of each member. The EP is six impressive jams of garage pop, all shaken through with jangle and poppy twists and turns, some slicey reverb and feedback, and overall, well-writen songs born out of the garage and onto the net. The occasional group vocal pops up, as well as a switchoff between female and male vocals, and the whole thing reads like a tamer Los Campesinos! record, with hints of 1980s midland England.
You can stream and download the entire EP for free, or pick up a silk-screened poster through this link.