Our single “Roman Ruins” made its way onto a few ‘best of’ lists for 2012. Here’s a roundup below. Have a peek and be sure to check out some of these other great tunes as well.
Everybody Taste (US) best songs of 2012
Buzzbands (LA/ US) best local songs of 2012
Bandbook (US) top ten best songs of 2012
Sound of Confusion (UK) top ten best songs of 2012
The fine folks at Everybody Taste have “Roman Ruins” at #29 in their best songs of 2012. Check out the whole list HERE.
Also, read their review of our 7” below, or check out the post HERE.
“There’s a head-clearing cinematic breeze to the track “Roman Ruins” by Los Angeles band Line & Circle. It’s the sort of song that might soundtrack a scene in a romantic drama where the protagonist and his or her love interest realize they can never actually be together—there’s a touch of cheese and melodrama, but that tragic sentiment is also completely genuine. It’s a song that gets caught in your gut, and only escapes when you turn up the dial on your stereo, crank down the car windows, and drive without really thinking or knowing where you’re going. Buy the 7” from White Iris Records.”
“With their recently released debut single, Line & Circle genuinely comfort us without the easy-going plague of complacency.
The single’s cover juxtaposes outdoor serenity with a hint of distortion creeping up from below. With the image just blurry enough to illicit second glances, the songs behind the artwork convey a similar vibe. Neither side of the release is quick to reveal itself; rather, the songs are both slow-burning jams that last far longer than they sonically appear.
“Roman Ruins,” as vividly captured in the video below, embodies a playfully youthful spirit of blindly traveling. The song coasts through calming melodies without the need for straightforward answers or conclusions. Frontman Brian Cohen’s voice holds a familiarity that comforts and cohesively matches the reflective instrumentation.
The B-side, “Carelessness,” has an unexplainable complexity within its four minutes. Guitar progressions are often limited to a single chord, and the piano flirts quietly overtop the track, but the combination of these simplicities with the rest of the song creates an infectious energy that fluctuates with each member’s participation. To witness an outfit combine their skills with such precision is both a treat and pleasant surprise.”
The fine folks @kexp have included us in their Fall 2012 Music That Matters Podcast. Some great tunes in there. Download it HERE, and check out the tracklist below (released 09/07/12). Special thanks to @loserboy for the deeply kind words.
KEXP is featuring our single “Roman Ruins” as the Song of the Day today! Download FREE on the KEXP blog. Here is an excerpt:
“Line & Circle is an unlikely L.A. band, formed originally by Brian J. Cohen & Brian Egan, friends and bandmates who actually met at college in the Midwest before making the move out California. It seems the fresh air and cool waves are a good match with their throwback anthemic rock that harkens back to another time. Their early demos caught the ear of White Iris and Lewis Pesacov, who previously produced debut albums for Best Coast and Nikki Lane. They took to the studio, along with a newly formed band, including guitarist Eric Neujahr, bassist Nathan Gammill and drummer Nick Cisik. The result is their brand new 7-inch single “Roman Ruins”. Recorded live, “Roman Ruins” (side A) and “Carelessness” (side B) are nostalgic reminders of great music from our youth.”
Spinner is featuring “Roman Ruins” as the free mp3 of the day today. Check it out HERE, or see the scan below!