Line & Circle – “Wounded Desire”

Line and CircleLine & Circle pretty much has it all for a guy like me. First off, like me, they’re from Ohio. Secondly, they relocated to Los Angeles, just like I did, and settled in Echo Park, where I lived for nearly three years. And finally, their sound evokes a “Fables of the Reconstruction”-era REM – and, while my sound doesn’t necessarily do likewise (or even exist, really), I love “Fables of the Reconstruction”-era REM, so we’ll make that comparison work as well.

Mirror-like similarities between the band and I aside, the LA band’s eponymous EP showcases a sound that, while evocative of a certain four-headed Athens, GA-based deity, is so skillful and mature that it’s in no way derivative. It’s a lush, rich mix of jangly guitars, sonorous vocals and heaps of analog-sounding atmosphere that all adds up to equal an EP deserving of far more than a passing listen. And, since you can stream the Line & Circle EP in its entirety, you have no excuse not to give it a try.

Line & Circle’s self-titled EP comes out on October 28, and you can catch the band with Streets of Laredo at the below dates.

With Streets of Laredo:
10/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
10/28 Boston, MA @ T.T. The Bears
10/29 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
10/30 Montreal, QB @ La Vitrola
11/01 Toronto, ON @ Drake
11/04 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
11/05 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
11/06 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
11/07 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge