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Hear Russian Circles’ New Cinematic Instrumental ‘Vorel’

Band tries to “wrangle some sort of order out of ugliness” on first cut off forthcoming album ‘Guidance’

Over their decade-plus career, Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles have toured with Tool, collaborated with Chelsea Wolfe and won comparisons to Mogwai, associations that all make sense when you listen to the band’s new album, Guidance, which is due out August 5th. (The record is available for pre-order here now.) Like the music of the aforementioned artists, the album – the group’s sixth – is moody, dense and dynamic, the gripping soundtrack to an un-filmed drama. Above, you can listen to the second track from the LP, and the first to be released, “Vorel.”

“All our songs fluctuate between trying to wrangle some sort of order out of ugliness and rendering some sort of beauty out of existential despair, and we usually wind up touching upon both approaches within any given song,” says bassist Brian Cook. “I suppose ‘Vorel’ leans a little heavier towards the former.”

Guitarist Mike Sullivan adds, “‘Vorel’ has a sense of melody and underlying dissonance that we gravitate towards in our songwriting. It’s a great insight to the dynamics found on Guidance and really shows the strengths of the recording process with [Converge guitarist] Kurt Ballou; this was our first time working with him and it was an impactful experience.”

Russian Circles will tour in support of Guidance this summer; check out dates below.

June 16 – Vancouver, BC @ Levitation Vancouver
June 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Crucial Fest 
August 26 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon 
August 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center 
August 29 – Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge 
August 30 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos 
August 31 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge 
September 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall 
September 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom 
September 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom 
September 6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad 
September 7 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre 
September 8 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room 
September 9 – Chicago, IL @ Metro 
September 25 – Detroit, MI @ El Club 
September 26 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace 
September 28 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair 
September 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer 
September 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw 
October 1 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel 
October 2 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall 
October 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 
October 5 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn 
October 6 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon 
October 7 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio 
October 8 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda 
October 9 – Dallas, TX @ RBC 


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