CIRCU5

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    "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

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"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

credits

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

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CIRCU5 is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Steve Tilling. The debut album 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). ... more

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Track Name: Coming Home
Rows of boxes in a room storeys underground
The surrogates look through the gloom in their labour gowns
Welcome to the world so new, innocent and pure
Such wonders lie in wait for you, just behind the door

The cord was torn the moment you were born, so warm
I'll take you while you're sleeping
My son, you're coming home

Years will pass locked in this place, where the work began
No favours, friends or words of grace, following the plan
Cries of elemental fear echo as I roam the corridors that lead me here, watching you alone

The stones they throw will never break your bones
I'll hone and shape you in our keeping
My son, you're coming home

(There is a reason for the life you are given
If you let us, we will take you to an undiscovered land of freedom
There are no demons in this room you have always known as home)
Track Name: My Degenerate Mind
I'll isolate you from your friends and make you take me back again, and then I will subdue you, your will is mine to bend

I'll strip the layers from your brain then leave you breaking down in pain and shame
I will possess you, your life is mine to tame

I'll request your company then I will shake you from your tree
Just step behind the line and find my degenerate mind

Smoke out the serpents from their homes, erase the sheepdog-headed clones and drones
I will consume you, absorb your chromosomes

Just peel away, just peel away my skin, just peel away my skin, just peel away
Just steal away, just steal away my sin, just steal away my sin, just steal away
Track Name: Stars
All my life, I'm thinking in black and white, I'm pushing through
All my life, I'm trying to make things right and make it true

What can I do to make you happy? Want to feel it
What can I do to make you happy? Want to feel it
Are we near it?

One of these days, the stars won't shine, so take this world and make it mine
If you want it, you can have it, if you see it, you can steal it
One of these days, the stars won't shine, so take this world and make it mine
If you want it, you can have it, if you see it, you can steal it for yourself

Take this life, I'm ready to kick and fight, and cut in two
Break this life, I'm taking the pain outside and into view
Track Name: Days Erased
I dreamed of life in sunlit lands with gleaming trains and cars and trams that snake past workers heads hung low, each marching through the undertow

The rising roar as jet planes fly past towers puncturing the sky, where smart-controlled apartment homes keep watch over the bleached-white bones

Lines and lines all laid to rest and dressed up in their Sunday best
Spread out on the mezzanines, their sockets stare into the screens
A waiter at a broken door declares the third and final war

The screams of millions as they die while fingers swipe and scroll on by
As meat slides from the serving trays, the seconds pass, our days erased
Track Name: Strings
I need to know myself
I cannot see myself in them
I hear the lies they tell
I will not let them make amends

Now I'm watching as you pull on the strings
You're making me dance to all your schemes
I'm wondering about so many things and nothing is ever as it seems

I must control myself
I cannot show my hand to them
Two lives in parallel
I will pursue them to the end

(I will not let you follow, I will not try to make you see that I could never be the one you wanted
I will not let you follow, I will not try to make you see that I could never be the one)
Track Name: Blame It On Me
Shut me down and walk away, lock me out another day
I contemplate the path that stretches out before me
Twisting on the tourniquet, a superficial power play
Amputate the past and everything I could be

I won't make a final plea, I won't change your mind, so blame it on me, say it's all me
I don't need your sympathy, I'll just take my time, so blame it on me, say it's all me

Questioning my sanity, a symptom of my vanity
Take the stand as witness for the prosecution
Fake a face of empathy, illusion of humanity
I command the forces of my retribution

You can have the final say but words mean nothing and now you have to pay
No one will hear you pray, too late for waiting, your chance has come and gone

Shut me down
Track Name: The Amazing Monstrous Grady
Roll up, see the monstrous Grady
Stand up, come and see how you made me
You tell me I'm not enough
But I'm The Amazing Monstrous Grady

I am so sorry I don't fit with your plans
Sweet sister morphine has my life in her hands
Contained and labelled in her bottles and cans
Time slows, walls glow, my mind flows in this sideshow

Thrown out to sea, I cannot swim to the shore
A broken shell with stretching fingers of gore
When I reform, I'll trap you under my claw
Time slows, walls glow, my mind flows in this sideshow

"Roll up, roll up, see the man with claws for hands
Hurry hurry, step inside, the entrance fee is your mind"

Breathe in, let the light capture me
Breathe out, let all become one
Breathe in, the spirits enrapture me
This twisted geometry is where I'm from
Track Name: The Chosen One - Baptism
Did you see the news today?
The boy you loved just went astray all alone
He never came home
The hunter gathered up his prey
The blame will rest with no one but the unknowns stepping over the bones

If you could take a soul and set it free, you'd understand the man I came to be
Just look into the light that shines behind these eyes on the day that I became The Chosen One

Did you see my work today?
Everyone was torn away from the crowd
You would have been proud
A sacrificial thrill display
Smiling as their lives come tumbling down, staring up from the ground

I will make you see a way out of all this mind debris from those who will analyse me, demonise me
Your humanity will make an open sanctuary from those who will sanctify me, crucify me, lay me down to sleep
The promises they would never keep are gone
Track Name: The Chosen One - Transfiguration
Instrumental
Track Name: The Chosen One - Crucifixion
Break the bread and spill my wine, taking all that once was mine
Disowning me three times then telling me you'll always be around

Twist the thorns into my head for all the pointless words I said
Strike the nails through every part of me for all my sins

Soon, the mountains will fall into the sea and angels will come to cover me in shards of luminescence
Stars explode into supernova clouds that carry me spinning to the ground, where laying staring at the sun, fire rains down
Track Name: The Chosen One - Resurrection
She walks into the room and pulls the shroud away
And washing out the wounds, she whispers through the grey
"Wake now my son, the time has come, the crowds above are waiting"

Flying over mountains down through fields of eyes
A thousand faces stare into the burning sky
"Rise now my son, you are the one, divine the signs appearing"

I'll make you tell the world a stranger's story
I'll leave a trail into my empty soul
I'll take the blame and bathe my name in glory
I'll bleed your veins and make you take control

The silent masses stand and raise their hands in praise to visions of a kingdom shining through the haze
"Lay down my son, your time has gone, the seed is sown and growing"

In the garden of earthly delights
So we'll flow through a prism of darkness and light

The world will come to know you are The Chosen One as we fall into the centre of the sun

I'll make you tell the world a stranger's story
I'll leave a trail into my empty soul
I'll resurrect your fear with every warning
I'll keep you near until I make you whole
Track Name: The Chosen One - Ascension
How my life is changing through all I lost and won, all my work is done
In the final stages of who is right or wrong, all my work is done
I'll find my way back home

Reading through the pages that change with every turn, nothing left to learn
Filling in the spaces of who I had become, back where I belong
I'll find my way back home

I tried to run away and wandered through a town where everything had burned, and weeds had grown up through the windows and the floors; and fields were filled with toys, machines and rusting cars
Then walking to the trees with autumn all around, I came into a place where branches blocked the sun

I fell into a room where shadows came to rest in corners out of sight
The light would shine on to the people gathered round who came to say goodbye but never found the time
When everyone had gone, I turned and walked away
Without a glance behind, returning to the place I'd always known

I've found my way back home

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