The Circling Sun



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Channelling spiritual/modal jazz and Latin rhythms, they simultaneously reference the greats such as Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, while maintaining a fresh perspective on ensemble dynamics.

Perhaps the group's name is no coincidence - each instrument seems to be in orbit around the concept of symbiotic synergy - and everyone is given equal space to shine; from a psychedelic Korg, to a delirious saxophone or the gentle ripples of a harp. There's a huge array of keyboards, skilfully manned by the likes of Guy Harrison and Cory Champion (Clear Path Ensemble), with a standout acoustic piano solo by Harrison on "Plume". Not to be outshone, the wind section delivers ecstatic saxophone riffs , futtering flutes and solid horn choruses throughout. Meanwhile, providing vital foundational support are the percussion (Soundway alumnus Julien Dyne), vibraphone, acoustic bass and full choir arranged by Matt Hunter.

It's a testament to their harmonious relationship and skill that this debut album instantly sounds like a classic from a group that might have been together a decade.

"Name checking Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, The Circling Sun is collective murderer's row of New Zealand jazz luminaries crafting modal/spiritual jazz." Aquarium Drunkard "The vocal, trilling flute lines, the afro-cuban piano stabs, those scuttling rhythms, sci -f synths, the choral highs and sighs, all blend to give 'Kohan' a cosmic jazz to high pop fluidity." Backseat Mafia "Brilliant from start to finish, Spirits is an impressive debut and will certainly have you on an astral trip through the cosmos. Definitely a strong candidate for record of the year!" Beat Caffeine
    Release Date: 27 Jul 24 Cat No: SNDWLP169