Maple Mars – Circular Haze

Kool Kat Music

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Format: CD
LabelKool Kat Music
CataloguePURR 2003
Country: USA
Year: 2003

Condition: New

US import. 

01. The Beginning
02. First Chick In Space
03. Good Time For A Friend
04. Golden People
05. Imaginary Walk Of Fame
06. Silver Spy Satellite (Revisted)
07. Undiscovered
08. Under The Blue Moon
09. The Soft Carousel
10. Search For Tomorrow
11. Desolation Blvd.
12. Home

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David Bash (Amplifier/IPO Founder) "Circular Haze is absolutely, without question, the best album of pure psychedelic power pop you’ll hear this year."

Bruce Brodeen (Not Lame Recordings) "Extremely Highly Recommended!"

Mike Bennett (Fufkin.com) "On this second Maple Mars record, Rick Hromadka and his bandmates make the studio a gigantic canvas, and they layer on guitars, backing vocals and keyboards in
equal measure with the numerous catchy bits. This is retrofuturistic guitar
rock.."

Jeremy Morris (Jam Records) "Here it is!!! One of the best power pop releases of 2003."

Goran Obradovic (Popism) "After spending some time “undercover” as one of the Double Naught Spies and the Maple Mars' debut album a coupla years ago, Rick Hromadka comes back with his best work to date."

Kerry Kompost (Newspaper Taxi) "Definitely a 2003 top-ten!"

Brad Harvey (Big Takeover) "For a real look-see into the formidable writing/production skills of Hromadka, punch in "Home"from Circular Haze, a six-plus-minute masterpiece celebrating the joys of being where you know you belong."

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allmusic.com
by Jason Damas

While The Jellybricks have always been considered a power-pop band, their first two discs didn't immediately recall classic Beatle-isms so much as they sounded like a lot of catchy, guitar-driven indie rock of the late ‘90s.

That all changes on their much-delayed third disc, Power This, which--despite its title--is their most sugary “pop" album yet. Producer Cliff Hillis gives Power This the same treatment he's used on his own albums--the controlled bursts of chiming (but powerful) guitars and pounding drums are mixed up front, but so are the vocals, lending everything a very clean and bright mix.

And while guitarist Bryce Connor's songs are gruff and rocky, the lion's share of tunes--sung by the band's main vocalist, the sweet-voiced Larry Kennedy--are smoother than anything the band has yet produced. Like before, some of it doesn't stick on the first listen, but it's generally because these songs are full of little tricks and turns--unusual turns of verse like in “Simple Me" or the gorgeous guitar solo on “Takes Too Long"--that unfold on repeat listens.

Power This, unlike Soap Opera or Kinky Boot Beast, sounds firmly like the work of power-pop revivalists, and fans of the style should find much to love. ****


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Fufkin.com
May 2004
by Eric Sorenson

The band's latest release is on the Kool Kat label, and it is overflowing with power pop gems that draw favorable comparisons with the work of Matthew Sweet, the Connells, Cherry Twister and Guadalcanal Diary.

My favorite tracks are "Simple Me," "Easy For You," Over Now" and "Well Enough," but there is something for every pop fan on this disc. Fourteen primo tracks make for a serious candidate for Top Ten 2004 honors.

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Twist & Shake magazine
by Beverly Paterson

It's been five long years since The Jellybricks put out an album. But I'm pleased to report "Power This" has been worth the wait.

Aside from being the band's strongest record to date, it also checks in as one of the strongest records of its ilk. We're talking power pop here, all crunchy guitars, soaring choruses and crafty arrangements.

The title of the disc is totally appropriate, as the emphasis is on power. Governed by high energy frequencies, "Power This" offers nothing but rock sturdy songs that are smartly executed.

The Jellybricks are a tight lot and their timing is always perfect. Sporting a full sound that matches the assurance of bands like Cheap Trick and Fountains of Wayne, these Pennsylvania based pop maestros throw plenty of hard-hitting punches into tracks like "Can't Be Wrong," "It's Over," "Fired Up" and "Black Cat."

Traditional songwriting values, coupled with crystal clear vocals are other traits that allow The Jellybricks to rise above and beyond expectations.

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PA Musician Magazine
by Alex Greenberg

In their third full-length, this Harrisburg quartet is clearly transcendent in terms of crafting imminently listenable, skillful pop music with muscle (check out "Higher Than" and "Black Cat").

The rhythmic variety, melodic hooks, and smooth vocal harmonies are welded to Tom Kristich's aggressive, cascading drums and the twin guitar work of lead vocalist Larry Kennedy and lead guitarist Bryce Connor.

Bassist Garrick Chow provides intelligent, tasty low end (listen to his various takes on the chorus in "Takes Too Long"). More intricate than on the band's last, "Soapopera", the band's songwriting is super sharp, flawlessly transitioning between feels, instrumentation, and dynamics within a song without losing any momentum or cohesion.

This is what it sounds like when a skillful, seasoned band hits on all eight cylinders and is accelerating. My only gripe is that the band sticks to its 14-song tradition, which I believe runs the risk of selling the last couple of songs short to the listener going straight through.

Crystal clear, textured, self-assured and rocking…you've got to hear this one.

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NotLame.com
by Bruce Brodeen

It's been a long wait since their last disc, Soap Opera, frequented our new release area, but a hearty, passionate 'welcome back' to The Jellybricks!

This happens so often now, when we say - 'it was well worth the wait'. And it is. Like "Soap Opera", the formula remains cool, flashy and loud chops that burst addictive melodies not unlike a power pop version of Elvis Costello with Matthew Sweet, lots of Sweet in this confection, in fact!

Power This showcases The Jellybricks' ever-maturing songwriting skills and studio sensibilities. The songs here reflect the ensuing maturity that fives since their past one bring into the light and you'll be hard press to find more easily enjoyable power pop to digest because it's all filled with mesmerizing, hummable melodies, earthy jangle, relaxed, layered vocal harmonies and a adrenalized band vibe.

Elegantly appointed back on the power pop scene, The Jellybricks have delivered on past promise and delivered a humdinger of an alluring and captivating third release with "Power This!".

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Shindig Magazine
by Phil Suggitt

The Jellybricks have been around a while on the power pop scene; this is their third CD in an eight year existence.

The experience of a lot of live gigs shows through on this CD. The songs sound like they’ve been honed on stage, rather than being studio creations. All four of the band are involved in the song writing, and this is a consistent band effort.

The two guitar / vocalists, Larry Kennedy and Bryce Connor, vary their approach so that the sound is never one-dimensional. I’m not sure who plays the jangly acoustic/electric rhythm parts and who does the soaring electric leads, but they are is particularly effective on songs like ‘Can’t Be Wrong’ and ‘Easy For You’.

Songs like ‘Takes Too Long’ have hooks aplenty and fine background vocals, just like good power pop should. The vocal sound reminds me of The Candyskins, a great English pop band of the early ‘90s.

In addition the lyrics are not the usual “moon in june” stuff. Whilst they are not up there with great poetry, songs like ‘All Fired Up’ and ‘Over Now’ offer literate, left – field approaches to the usual boy-girl scenarios.

Sometimes it doesn’t do songs justice to quote favourite lines, (“She throws her arms around my empty shell of nothing”) you have to hear the whole thing.

Essentially this is a “grower”; good on first hearing, but catchier with every play. It is misleading to highlight individual songs, because they are consistently decent. Give them a chance.


Collections: 2000s, American Artists, CD

Category: Album, CD, New

Type: CD (Jewel Case)


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