Album Review: Eden Circus – “Marula”
Eden Circus. Heard of ’em? Well I certainly hadn’t. Besides a few live dates in 2012 and 2013, this German quintet have been quietly getting on with making their first studio album since their formation in 2010. But after four years in development, is it any good? In short, yes.
Marula initially has a 90s grunge vibe with opener Devoid Of Purpose, but it soon develops into something much more atmospheric, reminiscent of the sprawling soundscapes crafted by the likes of Porcupine Tree.
For the most part, their unique blend of dynamic progressive post-rock provides captivating listening. Chunky grunge riffs are scattered throughout the album, as are heavy Mastodon-esque moments such as those in Comfort and 101. These are in stark contrast to the ebb and flow of the softer, graceful verses.
While Marula is a technically excellent album, with plenty of interesting ideas, it does suffer in some respects for this very reason. The average song time is around the seven minute mark, making it a fairly challenging listen. With most tracks this is not an issue as the overwhelming sense of atmosphere draws you in, however in places it does begin to feel a little tedious.
While it may not be perfect, Marula is a solid, atmospheric debut full of sweeping soundscapes, graceful moods and a few chunky riffs for good measure.