CIRCU5

CIRCU5 is the project of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Steve Tilling. Five years in the making, the album features guest performances from Dave Gregory (XTC, Big Big Train), Phil Spalding (Seal, Mick Jagger), Matt Backer (Julian Lennon, ABC), Alan van Kleef (Rachel Stamp, Ariel X), Johnny Warman (Peter Gabriel, Ringo Starr) and Andy Neve (Steve Hackett, Godley & Creme).

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FROM THE MEDIA...

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 wanderlust is his most progressive asset.

Tilling’s vocals evoke Trent Reznor in parts, but Circu5 should chime well with fans of Lonely Robot, Cosmograf and even Roger Waters and Tull.
— Prog magazine
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
CIRCU5’s thoughtful story lines, raw and powerful music, progressive rock creativity and alt-rock muscle have produced an album that’s both big and clever.
— Dancing About Architecture
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
Occasionally, you come across an album that’s quite special - CIRCU5 is one of those albums. It’s a wonderfully diverse album with more ideas and changes in direction than roadworks on spaghetti junction.
— The Lost Art, Midlands Metalheads Radio
Very well produced, written and performed, Circu5 is absolutely worthy of your attention.
— Dutch Progressive Rock Page (DPRP.net)
Circu5 makes a good impression. A high level of music combined with an intriguing concept and great packaging.
— Mały Leksykon Wielkich Zespołów (MLWZ)
Great album… an everyday story of black ops and psychopath management.
— Progzilla Radio
It is a very good album, nice on the ears, some sterling work by the guests, great vocals by Steve Tilling, and definitely in the upper echelons of albums released in 2017.
— The Progressive Aspect
I strongly, strongly recommend you go out and pick this one up. For one thing, the packaging is incredible. But of course, at the end of the day, it’s the music. It’s absolutely brilliant, and I love the album.
— Stuffer White, Light Without Heat Radio Show
Tilling’s high level of talent is quite obvious. Although I am more attracted to the progressive elements of the album, hard rock lovers also get their money’s worth. Very well produced, written and performed, Circu5 is absolutely worthy of your attention.
— Profil Radio, Quebec

FROM THE FANS...

Outstanding album! Inspired work throughout. Some awesome guest artists add flourishes to a very cohesive and accomplished effort. Whilst there are indeed standout tracks, it’s an album that can be enjoyed in its entirety, as every song both entertains and advances the narrative. Production is also top-notch with a warmth and clarity lacking on some recent new releases. Deserves widespread coverage, and hopefully it’s success will lead to a follow up sooner, rather than later.
— Paul New
It’s up there with the very best prog albums I have heard this year, or any other come to that. Big thumbs up from me.
— Mark Colton
F***ing. Awesome.
— Angie
Hugely impressed, a seriously great album, balanced with light and shade, impressive vocals and musicianship, clever lyrics, catchy hooks, top-class packaging and booklet to go with it as well. Can’t get some of the songs out of my head. Buy it!
— Jan Wojtowicz
Your album is so fabulous. I love it!
— Yoshinori Ishikawa
Just had my first listen to the new Circu5 album, and it blew me away. A prog masterpiece that’s up there with the finest of them. Great concept, fantastic songs and amazing production by Stu Rowe. I’ll be using this album for my production reference tracks in future. Great work all round and thank you for bringing Circu5 into the world.
— Matt Keeble
I’ve just got me a copy of your album and on first impressions it’s absolutely brilliant.
— Chris Hobbs
Got me a copy of this today - thanks Steve Tilling, it’s awesome.
— Nicky Benfield
It’s a great album for rock fans and defies expectations when described as prog rock. It’s more than that. It’s a modern concept album; dark in places but with memorable tunes nodding towards Foo Fighters and King Crimson.
— Chris Waddell
Got the CD this morning, it’s been blasting out of a Vauxhall Vivaro in the Newton Stewart area all day! Masterpiece!
— James Griffiths
Cracking album.
— Nick Gilder
When is the last time you bought a CD, read the booklet cover to cover, whilst listening to each track in sequence? Highly recommend you try it with this album (better than the Foo’s latest tunes IMHO) if you like a bit of ROCK. Seriously good tunes, awesome musicianship - just buy it. End of.
— Mikey P
Without doubt, CIRCU5 is the most luxurious CD concept that I own.
— Geoff Royall
I’ve been spending the last couple of hours listening to the debut album by Circu5. It’s a heady mixture of different rock styles; a touch of hard rock, a smidgen of metal, a bit of progressive... it’s lovely stuff. At times it reminds me of Foo Fighters, although I have to confess to enjoying the Circu5 album a whole lot more than the Foo Fighters’ current offering (Concrete and Gold), even though Dave Grohl’s latest is pretty decent. Steve’s work is just more intricate, deep and, frankly, a hell of lot more musically and lyrically interesting.

It’s a truly impressive piece of work. The most engaging characteristic of the whole work is the eclectic nature and the textured feeling of the album. It switches from pure hard rock to a soulful ballad with ease and Tilling’s voice is beautifully suited to both, with some sublime harmonies in the mix too.

I didn’t want to go into full on “review” mode, but I can’t enthuse enough about how good this music is. Steve has poured his heart and soul into this project - and, evidently, plenty of money too, as the CD package is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a huge credit to him in the days when it is getting more and more difficult to release music to a largely disinterested public that he has given so much of himself to a thoroughly worthwhile project. The packaging is beautiful and this truly feels like the culmination of a life’s ambition... which I’m sure it is.

If my ramblings aren’t enough to pique your interest, can I also mention that this album features guest appearances by Dave Gregory (XTC, Big Big Train), Phil Spalding (Mike Oldfield) and Andy Neve (Steve Hackett). This superbly written and performed suite of songs deserves as wide an audience as possible, so do me (and yourself) a favour and check out Steve Tilling’s Circu5.
— Andy Sweeney
Already purchased cd and can’t wait for the follow up. A “Triumph” doesn’t even start to cover it. Great music and superb concept. I am spreading the word with friends and I wish you luck with your future plans.
— Tony W

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