This blog post is dedicated to Corin Pilling.
Indie music (typified by bands including but not limited to The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and The Farm) was mainstream in the early 1990s. And ‘Restore My Soul’, the final song on The Choir’s Circle Slide, was the most indie-sounding CCM track I knew at that time.
But Circle Slide is not just another instance of nineties guitar music. Circle Slide holds up. When I listen to Happy Mondays or The Farm, for example, I realise how dated they sound. But Circle Slide still sounds like it could have been released today. The songwriting is astonishing, the guitars mesmerising, the lyrics haunting. Circle Slide is one of the best albums ever conceived.
Standout track: ‘A Sentimental Song’