"Enter a dark world of edgy rock with a progressive twist - wrapped in a story about a child raised as a psychopath."
Circu5 is the solo project of British multi-instrumentalist and session musician, Steve Tilling, who handles almost all instrument and vocal duties on his debut album.
The album also features guest performances from Dave Gregory (XTC, Big Big Train), Phil Spalding (Mike Oldfield), Matt Backer (Julian Lennon), Alan van Kleef (Ariel X), Johnny Warman (Peter Gabriel) and Andy Neve (Steve Hackett).
The album traces the life of a child raised as a psychopath in a secret government organisation, which aims to cure the condition while harnessing positive traits for certain roles. The character discovers the truth as a dysfunctional adult – with catastrophic consequences.
"Debut album of the year - it's absolutely stunning." The Titus Jennings Experience
"Steve Tilling has made a compelling debut. It's a tight, dark intelligent album… albeit one plentifully and carefully decorated with accessible hooks and melodies... the depth of Tilling's wonderlust is his most progressive asset." Prog Magazine
"Steve Tilling has given us a musical spectacle that will stand the test of time. Great songwriting combined with superb musicianship and a concept that works, CIRCU5 is a triumph." Progradar
"CIRCU5 would unquestionably have been a huge ‘hit’ back in the day. And unlike some of Tilling’s prog contemporaries, who have a tendency to overegg – and often overcook – the pudding, it is equally palatable today. Impressive." Get Ready To Rock
released September 15, 2017
Recorded at The Crypt, Swindon, and Axis Recording Studio, Doncaster
Produced by Steve Tilling
Additional production (drums): Matt Ellis at Axis Recording Studio
Mixed and mastered at The Bunker, Swindon, by Stu Rowe and Steve Tilling
Additional mixing: Alan van Kleef
Music, lyrics and story: Steve Tilling
Additional lyrics and melody on Stars: Gary Saunders
Cover art and design: Richard Webb
Photography: Lou Young for Dommett Young Photography
Urban exploration: Alex Kirkland
For more information, visit www.circu5.com
Steve Tilling: Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, piano, percussion, drums, synthesisers, field recordings, calliope
Matt Backer: End guitar solo on The Chosen One – Transfiguration, and additional guitar on The Chosen One – Ascension
Dave Gregory: Guitars on Strings and The Chosen One – Ascension
Alan van Kleef: Drums
Andy Neve: Keyboards and synthesisers on Days Erased
Phil Spalding: Harmony vocals on Coming Home and The Chosen One – Transfiguration
Johnny Warman: Harmony vocals and side show calling on The Amazing Monstrous Grady
Lou Young: CIRCU5 psychologist on The Chosen One – Resurrection