Improvisational avant jazz/rock trio ODD CIRCUS has revealed a new video for their cover of Sonic Youth’s “The Wonder.” Now playing at Treble, the track is a special digital-only single and follows the band’s critically lauded Arch Nova EP released in June.
Comments saxophonist Graham Robertson, “Out bassist Crews [Carter] and I grew up together as mischievous little kids and did our fair share of trespassing — abandoned houses, construction sites, schools after hours. So, when we learned recently about this subculture of teenagers exploring dead malls, we immediately got it: There’s a major thrill and sort of twisted nostalgia to planting your flag briefly in something from the past. We don’t hop many fences these days, but playing some Sonic Youth and putting our own spin on it delivers a pretty similar feeling.”
Adds Treble, “The group treats the song to a suitably discordant no-wave instrumental treatment, heavy on bass and saxophone, and it arrives in the form of a new video, shot inside of an abandoned shopping mall. It combines a sense of spectral funereality with the guerrilla on-site feel of an ‘80s skateboarding VHS.”
View ODD CIRCUS’ “The Wonder” video at Treble RIGHT HERE
ODD CIRCUS’ music explores the suspension of space and time navigating a boundary-less sonic landscape that embraces the unknown and welcomes the bizarre. The result is an experimental style of psychedelic art-rock that weaves its way into garage, fusion, krautrock, no wave, post-rock, noise, hard psych, and sci-fi prog.
“The Wonder” was recorded on July 28th, 2020 by ODD CIRCUS, mixed by the band with Crews Carter, mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering, and features cover art by Anatolii Mironow.
The single is currently available digitally HERE
After operating underground for several years, ODD CIRCUS — Robertson, drummer Partin Whitaker, and bassist/sound engineer Crews Carter — debuted their first release, Lunatic Children in 2019, and soon amassed a cult following on Instagram. The band re-entered the studio in July 2020 and kicked off the first of a series of releases from these sessions in April 2021 with Mantha — a bold six-track EP imagining aural visitations from supernatural creatures — followed in June by Arch Nova — a post-apocalyptic-themed release mixing heavy improvisation with more expansive psychedelia.
Together the EPs attempt to blaze an original path in the world of improvised music. “It’s the kind of thing that fans of Zappa, Mike Patton, Cardiacs, The Residents, etc. are gonna eat up,” wrote BrooklynVegan, adding, “and like all of those artists, ODD CIRCUS really earn the right to be as weird as possible. It’s not that the music isn’t self-indulgent, it’s just that they make self-indulgence sound really fucking awesome.” The Prog Space lauded the band’s, “bizarre sound [that] takes you to a quick extraterrestrial adventure,” Avant Music News championed, “…an intense and structured jam session that never lets up. It manages to be both spacious and full of notes, making it an enjoyable and rewarding experience,” while The Big Takeover crowned it plainly, “compelling.” PopMatters concurred writing, “The music on the two EPs is absolutely delightful. From piece to piece, bouts of metallic jazz insanity, modulated noises, and wacky synths groove around syncopated drum patterns. They paint a paranoid vision of a part supernatural, part palpable post-apocalyptic world. The most delicious nightmare ever.”
With a spate of future releases on the horizon, the band’s sonic universe is clearly just beginning to open up. Or as Distorted Sound Magazine put it, “ODD CIRCUS are building something unique, that scintillates with creativity and intrigue.”