On their self-titled debut, Maryland-based trio The Holy Circle (Locrian, etc) create dramatic and ethereal synth-driven pop soundscapes. The band’s sound lies at the point where 80s moody synth-pop, post-punk and modern, highly-textural shoegaze converge. The brightness melds with the dark, the melody with the edge. It’s a familiar sound, but one that is purveyed with a tremendous amount of heart and finesse.
One of the more standout tracks on their full-length debut is the sprawling, atmospheric “This Is”. Terence Hannum’s dreamlike synths glide over the top of Nathan Jurgenson’s rock-steady drumming, while vocalist Erica Burgner-Hannum delivers nearly angelic melodies that propel the entire track. Burgner-Hannum says the song is “healing after tragedy and finally understanding love”, and one can hear that in the song’s sonic blending of melancholy and serene beauty.
Today, we at Svbterranean are stoked to bring you the official video for this very track. The grainy and abstract video was shot and directed by the Hannums using a Fisher-Price PXL2000 camera. The gloomy nature of the video fits the mood of the track damn near perfectly. Check it out for yourself below along with a full stream of the album.