With Love

A Great Circle

(Gold Standard Labs)

Release date: Jun 28, 2006

A strange beast this, apparently With Love' used to be some kind of DIY punk/slashy rock band, but have recently mutated into the sound we hear today. What we can hear on A Great Circle bears little connection with lo-fi punk, instead we have a noisy abstract throb closer to the sound of Black Dice or New York art rockers Liars. This is no bad thing, I don't think I was really in the mood for punk at this time of day, and 'A Great Circle' is a fabulous record. It's not what I was expecting and I think that's what makes it interesting, I always found Black Dice a little grating but With Love have got their story straight as such, they know what they're doing and it shows. As shards of noise fire past subterranean drones and dissonant noise you can tell it's a band having fun and passing on that fun to the listener - it's a very involving album. Even more interestingly, the second half of the album is presented as a bonkers DVD film... how punk is that?!


Track Listing

  1. 1. Prelude
  2. 2. First Scream
  3. 3. Cable Theme I
  4. 4. Nodo Terziario
  5. 5. Cable Theme II
  6. 6. Glitter Secondario
  7. 7. Buio Primario
  8. 8. Cable Theme III
  9. 9. Second Scream