Circa Waves’ What’s It Like Over There? is the band’s best music to date. The band’s new album is sophisticated indie alternative rock with stellar production and better songwriting.
With previous Circa Waves music a lot of what they were doing didn’t seem that purposeful. Different Creatures was good, but the production was too raw and not all of the songs were great. The album before that, Young Chasers, was a better collection of songs and produced better too. Now, with What’s It Like Over There?, not only is the songwriting better, the production is 10x better. The guitar tones are clean and the Kieran Shudall’s vocals are allowed to make more of an impact. That’s not just on the songs that are more pop like “Movies” or “Me, Myself and Hollywood” – it’s on the edgier, more alternative-leaning songs like “Sorry I’m Yours.”
The production is better, the songwriting is better, and overall the songs are more varied. The band’s doing different things on this album, the synth-heavy “Motorcade” is the perfect example of that. Three years ago, the song would be all guitars and not much else, it’s nice to see the band take a chance and do something different. It works too. All over this record it feels like Circa Waves is doing different things and every time they do something different the record is better for it.
The album that Circa Waves put together with What’s It Like Over There? is a hell of a jump forward and hopefully more people take notice.