The Holy Circle’s ‘Paris’ Is a Moveable Synthgaze Feast
Baltimore dream-pop trio the Holy Circle use their combined talents to create scary, exciting music. The band is comprised of Terence Hannum (Locrian), as well as his wife, Erica Burgner-Hannum of Unlucky Atlas, and Nathan Jurgenson. All three of their combined perspectives make for a take on the genre that's darkly enthralling. Today, they're premiering "Paris," the first track off their upcoming self-titled record. Basslines and acidic synthesizers wash together beautifully, Burgner-Hannum's voice adding another rich texture to the music. The instrumentation and singing collide, generating a fatally beautiful cacophony of synth.
Of the song, Burgner-Hannum says, "Terence and I initially wrote 'Paris' as an intro to 'Basel.' The lyrics are about the elation and joy that often precedes a loss or crisis. The original recording of 'Paris' on our cassette EP release is more ambient, but here Nathan added that heavy, Lightning Bolt-like drum beat, and the song took on a life of its own. I love how heavy and loud it is, and I just wanted the whole recording to sound big. I also didn't want any of the elements to get lost, which is a hard balance to achieve, but I think J. [Robbins, producer] found it."