Juturna showcases the combined talents of Anthony Green (the former vocals of Saosin), Colin Frangicetto (Guitar of This Day Forward), Brendan Ekstrom (guitar), Nick Beard (bass), and Steve Clifford (drums). As you would expect from a group with a progressive rock/emo pedigree such as theirs, the exact style is hard categorize and impossible to mistake. Each song presented on Juturnafeatures the soaring vocals of Green pounding out his darkly whimsical lyrics over the technically impressive guitars of Frangicetto and Ekstrom, powered by up-tempo, furiously high energy percussion.
Besides the unique and talented vocals of Green, there are many musical aspects that set Circa Survive apart from the indie crowd. For starters, the music is at once technically precise and somehow set apart from the emotional moment of the lyrics and vocals, giving many of the songs an ephemeral feel without sacrificing any of the rock band's musical edge. Additionally, the melodies seem to drag a beat or two behind the driving drums and guitar, slowing and tempering what would otherwise be an all out race through the meat of each track. Green's lyrics also serve to back the listener up from the precipice of action, generally centering on the theme of lost love turned to repressed bitterness. Together, the contrasting vocal and musical style serve to create an energy that is highly driven, but without specific direction or purpose. Circa Survive leaves it up to the fan to derive their own meaning or specific significance from their personal listen.
With the arrival of Juturna, Circa Survive has sprung their growing genre of music out of the garage and into a studio precise orchestra of guitar riffs, smashing drumbeats, and flawless and amazing vocal range. What this will mean for the band or for the genre as a whole remains to be seen, but have no doubt about it, Circa Survive is breaking new ground and cementing it behind them. Impressive for a debut album especially, Juturnasignals many good things to come from the pooled talent of Circa Survive.