Twilight Circus


Other Worlds Of Dub

Twilight Circus - Other Worlds Of Dub ©1996 M Records
1. Salma
2. Arabix
3. Hose
4. Carlton
5. Felafel
6. Woody
7. Maffe
8. Indian
9. Voice

One of the musical forms that has been catching my ear lately is dub (particularly electronic based dub). Focusing on bass heavy smooth rhythms that apparently have some root in reggae, dub has a very ambient quality that makes for a nice late night headphone listen. Ryan Moore's (a member of the Legendary Pink Dots and the Tear Garden) Twilight Circus is a project in that vein that explores dub with somewhat of a left field approach, perhaps due to his involvement with those other projects. Moore mixes in live percussion with samples, lots of airy, spaces effects, and excellent rhythm sense. This album is in the same territory as Controlled Bleeding's Gilded Shadows and has found quite a bit of time in my CD player.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/1998

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Bin Shaker Dub

Twilight Circus - Bin Shaker Dub ©1997 M Records
1. Thunder Mix
2. Highway
3. Killer
4. Lowell And Nine
5. Shaka
6. Perfect World
7. Binghi
8. Bong Loop
9. U.K. Steppers
10. Porno

It's like the sound of grooving relaxation set to an exotic trance beat. Like the feel of sunshine on a far off planet's largest desert. The feel of the bass at a pulse lower than a Barry White smooth talking tone. The expression of dub in a future context. All these things are what make Twilight Circus such a wonderful thing. Featuring Legendary Pink Dots/Tear Garden goofball Ryan Moore as the creator of this pyramidic journey towards fulfillment, the Twilight Circus Dub Sound System (the formal name of this act) is quickly becoming the music of choice for my nighttime relaxation moments. When the need to drift untethered arises, when the moment passes that the music is interchangeable with various parts of your gray matter, that's when you know Twilight Circus has succeeded. Put away your barbituates and downers. This will take you where you want to go.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/1998

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Horsie

Twilight Circus - Horsie ©1999 M Records
1. Romy
2. Dance
3. Horsie
4. Kik
5. Ergmm
6. Oats
7. Bord
8. Carousel
9. Binshaker Dub
10. Rock Salt

Admittedly Ryan Moore is a nut. He'd have to be, considering the folks he's spent his years practicing his musical wares with...an impressive list of who's who in the Skinny Puppy and Legendary Pink Dots camps. Performing entirely on his own as the Twilight Circus, Moore's enthusiastic goofiness and truly uplifting nature lends greatly to the music, which is a hybrid of electronics, traditional dub, airy arrangements that allow for plenty of echo, and simply excellent sense of relaxation. If you are already familiar with his work in the Twilight Circus, Horsie contains nothing but a more expansive progression into his style. Very recommended and enjoyable.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/1998

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