Small Circle Stream Debut Record Cyclical In Full
via Upset Magazine
Out September 8th via Flower Girl Records
On Tour Now With Remo Drive and McCafferty
09/05 – Philadelphia, PA – Philamoca
09/06 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Brewery
09/07 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
09/08 – Kingston, NY – BSP
09/09 – Boston, MA – Sonia’s
1. We Belong Here
2. Vague Consensus
5. Point Breeze
9. Cooler Mood
10. About You
Both as artists and people, Small Circle is a band built on self-discovery. When Sorority Noise singer/guitarist Cam Boucher recruited Marissa D’Elia for a new project in early 2016, he’d never even heard her sing. But he knew she had important things to say.Soon the pair—along with fellow Sorority Noise members Adam Ackerman (guitar) and Charlie Singer (drums)—had formed Small Circle, who were quickly dubbed a “supergroup” by AV Club and released their debut EP, Melatonin, in April 2016 on Boucher’s Flower Girl Records. Her bandmates were veterans of the game, but for D’Elia, who counts Small Circle as her first band ever, stepping into the role of songwriter and frontwoman was the ultimate learning experience.
“I definitely struggled with finding my voice,” D’Elia explains of the process. “I have friends who have made some of my favorite music ever, and a lot of times I’d turn to Cam and say, ‘My favorite songs already exist’ or ‘This song I want to write already exists.’ He always told me to reach for more. A big thing was getting over perfection.”
This juxtaposition of the band members’ respective musical histories is what givesSmall Circle’s debut album, Cyclical, its defining sound. The album, due out September 8 via Flower Girl and Triple Crown Records, is confident yet full of endearing charm—sturdy musicianship buoyed by D’Elia’s hand-to-pen, unapologetically honest lyricism.
It’s also an album that doesn’t shy away from imperfection but rather embraces it as an intrinsic part of life. Throughout its 10 songs, Cyclical is an ebbing arc of growing pains and triumphs, sadness and happiness, stories of inter- and intrapersonal relationships through the lens of mental illness. Even when songs like “Vague Consensus” and “Ritual” are upbeat and brimming with shimmering instrumentation, they’re undercut with an aching melancholy.
“‘Ritual’ feels like the unassuming thesis on this album,” D’Elia explains, “because it speaks a lot to my disassociation with trauma and feeling like my body or surface-level personality is so detached from my mind. It really has become a ritual to push away and be my best protector. I’ve become very mindful of the love and empathy I give, but I am just now starting to practice giving that to myself.”
As such, Cyclical is an album that, though immediately appealing, is richly nuanced and offers something new with every listen. And its themes are universal: Whether you’re pushing for the confidence to step up to the microphone for the first time or to embrace life’s hardships, a burning desire for self-betterment will guide the way.
“This album is me trying to decide what’s important to me, what’s been sitting on my heart and how I want to use my voice,” D’Elia says. “Cam said I have important things to say, and every time I’m writing, I go back to that.”