What do you do if you are thirty-three years sober, a serial entrepreneur, a dad, a grandpa and all around renaissance man. The answer is easy - have fun and follow your passion. I spent time with Angel Circuit Engaged by C-Wired which very much felt like a passion project.
There are very, very few musicians who are truly on the cusp of innovation and trends but after doing this job for a long time it became obvious that there is a sweet spot for when musicians get influenced. That seems to be about fifteen to twenty years of age. I hear this time and time again and I can make a very good guess as to someone’s age by hearing the music they make. Angel Circuit Engaged contains songs that sound like straight from the late ’60s to the mid ’70s. There isn’t even the slightest notion that C-Wired is trying to put a contemporary feel on his songs. For better or for worse C-Wired is sticking to original aesthetics that were founded in classic rock. His music is an amalgamation of rock acts ranging from early Ted Nugent records to Zeppelin to much more in that general wheelhouse.
To his credit the songs are well written and well delivered. They are solid songs you add on to your playlist as “classic rock for the BBQ.” The standard guitar and organ sounds on “Persian Woman” will not sound foreign juxtaposed against the 1975 hit “Evil Woman” by ELO. The classic Detroit rock sound is apparent on the title track “Angel Circuit Engaged.” You can also hear similar cosmic, atmospheric crescendos on “Angels Are Not Afraid of the Dark” that made Pink Floyd one of the most famous acts in the ’70s.
Angel Circuit Engaged is going to resonate most with people who grew up on this music and are purists. It’s for the guy or gal who still remembers the ’70s but may be a little tired of spinning the classics one too many times and wants a new song. If you are looking for new music that is built on the same foundation as those aforementioned classic rock acts then I think Angel Circuit Engaged will be worth your time.
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