Circular Sounds - Kelley Stoltz
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  • Summary: The San Francisco-based singer releases his latest album on the Sub Pop label.
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  1. While Circular Sounds isn’t quite the modern sound of the American west coast, it feels very much like the classic sound of California: a sound left blissfully alone by the stresses and rigours of a modernity forever on the move.
  2. 80
    Circular Sounds is a collection of snappy, mildly psychedelic, instantly memorable songs, delivered with an unfussy and becoming modesty.
  3. 80
    In short, genial, infectious guitar pop like they used to make. [Feb 2008, p.102]
  4. From beginning to end Circular Sounds feels familiar. And with only one track (just) over four minutes, Stoltz holds true to pop convention in length as well as arrangements.
  5. Sure, it might be nice if Stoltz could innovate more with his influences, like the Pet Sounds impressionism of Panda Bear's Person Pitch. But flashbacks this vivid are good enough for now.
  6. Circular Sounds can feel impersonal, especially in how Stoltz hopscotches from voice to voice, some far stronger than others.
  7. Except for the admittedly awesome surf-rock instrumental 'Reflecting,' there’s nothing done on Circular Sounds that you can’t find done better on old vinyl, battered mixtapes, and (shudder) Counting Crows albums.

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