Floating Circles Quartet – Eleven Yesterdays Ago

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Liam Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

If you’re unfamiliar with London based combo the Floating Circles Quartet, the opening bars of their four-track debut EP might prepare you for an impressive half hour with a fine guitar-based jazz outfit. But soon their key ingredient rises to the surface – that gorgeously pure clarinet of Aiden Pearson – and the whole thing takes on a lovely new persona. Indeed, Pearson is the brainchild behind this project and, as well as his clarinet, his own painterly compositions are what lend this EP its excitement. There’s also the tight arrangements of Dom Stockbridge’s guitar, Jonny Wickham’s bass and Arthur Newell’s drums, most impressive on the EPs title track as well as the skittish and evocative “Grandfather’s Clock”.