Cryptic aesthetics are what the Italian post-punk group Caesar Circles want to showcase. For some reason I think about Dan Brown and his book “Da Vinci Code” when I see the illustrious artwork representing their first release “E n c r y p t i c“. An upside to what they’ve done with their four-tracked release is that they’re singing in English, because I personally can’t stand post-punk from Southern Europe whom choose to vocalize their songs through their native language. What I can endure is post-punk in the Icelandic, Swedish, or English language. There’s really something unique about the Anglo-saxon influence and feature that make it worthwhile. When it comes to their post-punk, musically they have a touch of that melancholic sound that combines alternative rock, post-punk, new-wave and psychedelic influences.
The up-tempo and melodic content that gets through the cracks thanks to an overt new-wave touch make it all the merrier to enjoy. It is really enjoyable that they’ve chosen to route it through a hint of psychedelia just to give it a bit more of a unique sound. Though I am really not a fan of the post-punk that is underlying, when the sound is bridged to the chorus and back again. But I must admit that Caesar Circles make the best of it but I think the general carelessness in the singer’s voice is hard to bear. Because they unfortunately drift too far away from the originality they deliver with post-punk, when they grasp new-wave too much and almost delve into indie-pop territory. Other then that, I really enjoy the darker touches that gets applied to the sound-scape whenever post-punk seeps through the cracks and when you hear a psychedelic riff tearing through and bringing forth another part of a song.
You should listen to it because it is a worthwhile release, as it’s mostly intriguing to listen to. It features the four tracks “Control“, “Wall of secrets“, “Rough Trade” and “I/O“. Personally, I find “Control” to be the best song on the album. Caesar Circles is Simone Cetorelli (song), Andrea Triestino (guitars), Paolo Fraddosio (bass) and Alessandro La Rosa (drums). The album was recorded at VDSS Recording Studio and the artwork was crafted by Alessandro La Rosa. Stream the album in its entirety down below.