Circa Zero Circ us Hero
This is the most exciting outing from Summers since those heady Police days, and I Advance Masked, his 1982 album with Robert Fripp. Here Andy has teamed up with the multi-talented Rob Giles, from The Rescues, and it’s hard to see how the pairing could have been bettered. While Andy sticks firmly to guitar, Rob handles everything else; but with a generous 13 tracks there’s opportunity to explore lots of musical avenues together. From beautifully expansive sounds on Summer Lies, a blistering solo on Underwater and the steady beat of Whenever You Hear The Rain, there’s never a dull moment. Various tracks would make great singles too, like The Story Ends Here. Say Goodnight includes some strangely rewarding Summers guitar stabs, but generally there is little here to remind you of The Police. Andy is playing great, and so although this is music of today it’s roots are firmly into pop-rock and it’s all incredibly commercial. Now joined by drummer Emmanuelle Capalette, Circa Zero are a fully functional working band.