Cirque is Biosphere’s turn-of-the-century album, initially released in the year 2000 on Touch. Being the fourth Biosphere record, Cirque presents the perfectly-distilled form of his gorgeous ambient music. This reissue, presented in either double CD or double LP formats, comes with a six-track bonus album as well as handsome new artwork! On Biophon Records.
CD £11.99 BIO26
2016 2CD reissue edition on Biophon Records. Comes with a 6-track bonus album and new artwork.
Vinyl Double LP £21.99 BIO26LP
Reissue 2LP on Biophon Records. Comes with a 6-track bonus album and new artwork.
8/10 Jack 10th February 2017
Cirque is an isolationist playground, one that completely captures the sounds of the less-frozen northern latitudes. Cirque shows a shift from its predecessor Substrata. Rather than the arctic setting, Cirque evokes a sense of the countryside and of a warmer, more moderate climate - I suppose title tracks like "Ibiza" give it away really. However don't worry there's not a pounding 4/4 beat or cheesy trance rhythm in sight. Biosphere makes electronic music for mountain climbers and nature fiends.
6/10 Gregor Omelasz 10th February 2017
Disclaimer: This isn't a review from a long-time fan, or a fan in general, I've only listened to this album and Departed Glories by Biosphere.
I don't get it, it sounds nice and all that, but it feels like it doesn't tie anything together in the way Wolfgang Voigt's classic Gas albums do (might be a good comparison, might not be). The mix of this feels off to me as well, almost as specific parts of tracks hadn't been turned up enough. Maybe I'm the one that's off, because most people who have tastes similar to mine love this guy's work, I just can't seem to be able to stay focused on the album after too long.
Ultimately though, I hope I eat my words, because I love to be proved wrong, but I'm just not feeling it right now. Not terrible by any means, but I feel like I've heard better from better.
Pitchforks at the ready, lads.
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