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Brick Circus

by Aron Kirk

Both beautiful and brooding,Kirk's ambient instrumental music captures both the light and dark sides of life. Using piano, synthesizers, percussion, woodwinds, minimal vocals, acoustics and recorded samples.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Brick Circus (Intro)
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2. Wind On My Face
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3. No Coincidence
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4. Behold,The Bitterness
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5. Brick Circus
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6. Tenderness On Arrival
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7. Empty Together
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8. The Pleasure Of Arson
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9. Victimisation
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10. Yesterday's Man
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11. I Prayed For The Damage
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12. Long Time Til September
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13. Dedloc
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Album Notes
In his press material, Aron Kirk notes that he intended Brick Circus to be a narrative of a portion of his life. If that's the case, then Brick Circus is a tearjerker based on pained memories, a melancholy tale thick with the ache of loss, the pain of distance, and the echoes of loneliness. This is sonic portraiture at its best, sound imagery drawn in a steady hand from a photographic memory, each captured moment rendered with its perfect truth intact. While Brick Circus blends an array of instrumentation, sound samples, and vocals, it's Kirk's heartbreakingly simple piano that forms the basis. He plays sparsely and slowly and with alarmingly unassuming grace, each note drawn to it fullest dramatic length before being released, each chord a carefully chosen word in the ongoing story. Kirk’s strength across the tracks of Brick Circus is his ability to seamlessly pair the darker intentions and strong emotive threads in his songs with infectious beats. It’s an odd melding of sensations—rocking out just a bit to something that’s at once beautiful and sad. But it works, especially in tracks like “No Coincidence,” “Brick Circus” and “Long Time Til September,” where the beat waits patiently for its cue and gently insinuates itself only after the piano has had its quiet say. Conversely, on “The Pleasure of Arson,” Kirk just flat-out rocks with a jumpy beat, thick-chord piano and electronic wooshes in the back. It’s surprisingly upbeat, given the overall tone of the disk. But when Kirk wants to drop the emotional hammer on the listener, he does so effectively and with ease as well. Try getting out from under the sighing canopy of “Behold, the Bitterness,” the chant-accented “I Prayed for the Damage” or the almost unbearably somber “Empty Together” without thinking just a bit about your own various worries and moments of sadness. Kirk draws them out through his phrasing. Overall Brick Circus is a dark and quirky album that borders—by design—on being unsettling. But the darkness forces you to look into it and to try to understand what’s going on. And the more you look, the more you want to look and the more you want to understand. Luckily, Brick Circus bears up under that kind of close scrutiny and repeat listens.

John Shanahan.
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Ecki Stieg

An album that grows more and more each time you listen to it.
Being a great fan of ambient music since it was invented by Mr. Eno, I listen to this type of music quite intense and know to tell wrong from right. In this context "Brick Circus" really is outstanding - you can hear the influences (like Eno, Nyman etc.), but they are reflected und expressed in a very individual, consequent way. An album that grows more and more each time you listen to it.
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Dwight Ashley

Brick Circus; a new show in town
Aron has made an excellent beginning with Brick Circus, and with all beginnings, it is a start of something that shows promise. Brick Circus is an example of things to come.

I very much enjoyed the release as a whole. To say it is dark or full of dark nostalgia would be a matter of personal taste; opinion. This listener thinks Brick Circus is not about the contrast of beauty and horror as some have said. Nor is it flavored with disturbing ambient content. Rather it is full of unresolved constructs or emotions if you will.

For me there were several treats/surprises... for example Aron lends his voice to a track. I don't want to give a clue where this shows up, as it would be best for it to be surprised like it was for me. In addition, Aron’s titles are very thought-full, my favorite, hands-down, is The Pleasure of Arson.

Dedloc without a doubt is my favorite track. And it is because of Dedloc, without reservation I recommend buying this disc.


Brick Circus; a new show in town
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Mark Turner

Fantastic!
A fantastic album by a fantastic artist, who has the ability to create his own style of music and make it sound excellent.
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Black Mountain Productions Inc.

An extremely immense talent that takes you on a special journey
Of the many compositions our organization has the opportunity to review from around the globe on a daily basis, once in awhile you come across an extreme great talent, that stands out above all the rest. Each composition takes you on a journey that anyone who listens can relate to some point and time in their life. This material is certainly written by an extremely talented individual!
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Steve Emmerson

Thought provoking & emotive genius
An excellent piece of musical escapism. This album captures the very essence of free thought & emotion and takes you on a journy to it's outer most realms. A must have for anyone's collection.
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Daniel Easome

Compelling
Give me this album over any of the chart rubbish of today, a compelling journey into an ambient world. Splendid!
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Dene Bebbington

An oddly disquieting album
Aron Kirk writes music designed to reflect the ups and downs of real life, and to instil a sense of uneasiness in the listener. Not surprisingly then Brick Circus is a little out of the ordinary - as the cover art suggests. Instrumentation is a good blend of synths, piano, woodwinds, percussion, and a variety of samples and voice effects.

Something about the structure and tones on several tracks is reminiscent of Dwight Ashley & Tim Story. Indeed, Aron lists them as one of his major influences. I think it's the partly off-kilter aspect of the sound progressions - often they're neither discordant or melodic.

The opening track is “Brick Circus”. Sounds of a Calliope and distant people quickly give way to an uneasy repeating two note refrain and an occasional eerie cry of anguish. These basic elements are developed further in, along with a percussive and drum based rhythm, plus a simple melody of dully gleaming notes.

Upsetting the slow and modest tempo of the album so far is the piece “The Pleasure of Arson”. A funky rhythm and discordant guitar and fuzzy refrains begin alongside see-sawing tones like that of a fire engine's partly disguised siren in the distance. Briefly piquant notes play an upbeat melody, as though someone is thrilled by the bright and hypnotic dancing colour of a blazing fire. This piece has the urban energy, and also gunfire effects, encountered on Paul Lawler's The Bronx Age.

Possibly a nod to John Foxx's Catherdral Oceans is “I Prayed for the Damage” where an airy monastic voice wafts across the soundfield to a backdrop of slowly changing drones and a forlorn refrain.

Aron's aim to leave a feeling of unease has worked because even after several listening sessions I'm still ambivalent about Brick Circus. The music is careful constructed and the tones can be sonorous or intriguing, yet there's something oddly disquieting about it.
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Tony Watkinson

Beautifully haunting and atmospherically moving.
Fantastic mix of beautifully haunting and atmospherically moving. It was mesmorising. It left me feeling thoughtful, reflective and helped me get a bit of perspective on life. Thank you!
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