In dusting off the ol’ dictionary, it is known that the appropriate definition of ‘schema’ is “a representation of a plan or theory in the form of an outline or model.” If that doesn’t scream “dastardly evil plot”, then I don’t know why progressive rock masterminds Circa Survive decided to give their opening track this name. The song is what kicks off Descensus, the band’s fifth full-length record, and it absolutely kicks. Prior to the song’s release, we were promised the most abrasive, chaotic Circa record to date. With “Schema”, the first taste, we’re given that promise and so much more.
When Circa Survive announced the official release of their previous record Violent Waves, the first we heard of it was “Suitcase”, a dreamy look into the band’s logistics, which staggeringly carried its way throughout the rest of the record. While tracks like “Sharp Practice” and “The Lottery” kept the waves actually violent, it was the calmer, sleepy tracks (“My Only Friend”, “Think of Me When They Sound”, “Brother Song”) that took up most of the record. Given that “Schema” is the very first track on the forthcoming Descensus, it’s pretty easy to tell that the rest of the record will have to meet up with it, which looks incredibly promising. It’s almost as if “Get Out” were to open Blue Sky Noise; it just comes out of nowhere.
“Schema” opens with galactic feedback and Stephen Clifford’s intense percussion before Anthony Green howls his way to the forefront. The first thirty seconds of the song were previously heard within the album’s teaser through Sumerian Records. The rest of the track follows through with as much finesse as possible; bassist Nick Beard’s groovy undertones find their way to the ear in all the right places while Colin Frangicetto and Brendan Ekstrom’s effects pedals are being used in perfect moderation to welcome us to the (under)world of Descensus. The chaos begins to decrescendo about midway through to accentuate what the rest of the record could hold before once again kicking back up to the top of the iceberg.
Circa Survive and producer Will Yip have a hefty plan to fulfill the promise made to fans that Descensus will stand as the wildest outing from the band to date. If all goes well following “Schema”, it would seem that this plan will become a reality in full force. It’s only a matter of time before we shake hands with the band at the sunrise of release day.
You can take a look at the music video for “Schema” below:
Circa Survive will release Descensus on November 24th via Sumerian Records.
Progressive Rock | Sumerian Records