Chalk Circle all ripe for rediscovery with release of resurrected digital titles
Chalk Circle, The Great Lake, Mending Wall and As the Crow Flies (Deadbolt Music). Toronto’s Chalk Circle holds a very special place in my heart, as its first two releases, the 1986 EP The Great Lake — home to the indelible CanCon hits “April Fool” and “Me, Myself & I” — and 1987’s terrific Mending Wall, were two of the first records (actually cassettes) over which a certain New Brunswick teenager ever genuinely obsessed. As The Crow Flies, the band’s second and final album, is a goodie, too, but a little more muddled; Chalk Circle’s contradictory impulses towards stylish New Wave and the sort of earthier, activist-minded roots-rock embodied by the anti-Free Trade single “Sons and Daughters” were more polarized here than ever before, marking As the Crow Flies as a transitional record that, unfortunately, never transitioned to another. They’re all ripe for rediscovery right now, in any case, because the folks at Deadbolt Music have resurrected all three of Chalk Circle’s original Duke Street Record titles digitally so you can now delight anew in “This Mourning” and “N.I.M.B.Y.” and “Empty Park” and the band’s freak-hit cover of T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” and all the other good stuff on your iPod.
Chalk Circle also plays one of its infrequent reunion gigs on Friday, June 7 at Lee’s Palace.
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