TESS OF THE CIRCLE
Oxfordshire based Tess Of The Circle first emerged with their 2013 debut album 'Thorns', an album that won plaudits which included Radio 2's Bob Harris as well as the promoters of the Glastonbury Festival, who booked the band to play an astonishing five sets at last year's event, but the album went largely unnoticed on the rock scene largely due to it's acoustic origins.
However that is about to change with their second album 'Amplify' which as the title suggests sees the band plugging in and turning up the volume in a refreshing album full of mature sounds and wholehearted lyrics.
Tess Of The Circle are named after their founder vocalist and multi instrumentalist Tess Jones. The Circle represents the musicians who work around him, including guitarist and mandolin player Lee Clifton.
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The album has a live and loose garage vibe flavoured with the sounds of Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam.
'Amplify' bursts open with the addictive rocker 'Love Is The Drug That You Crave'. The Led Zeppelin approach is felt with the good times, bad times zest of 'You Take Me Out Of My Head'.
The grungy ballad 'Believe (Into Her Arms)' has a soaring chorus reminiscent of Pearl Jam in their prime and that flavour continues with 'Digging At My Bones', complete with mandolin harmony.
There's a cauldron of sounds that embrace 'Amplify' with the gritty hypnotic grower 'Drowning Without You' and the breezy 'Summer Rain' which all make for an album that begs for repeated listens.
Stick Tess Of The Circle firmly on the list of "One's To Watch Out For".