Chase Gassaway

Certain Circles

Certain Circles by Chase Gassaway
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  1. 01 Turn This Thing Around.mp3
  2. 02 Where I'm Coming From.mp3
  3. 03 Bright Shiny Day.mp3
  4. 04 Feeling Good.mp3
  5. 05 Fast Machines.mp3
  6. 06 Break Of Dawn.mp3
  7. 07 Out Of Hand.mp3
  8. 08 The Ship.mp3
  9. 09 Prove.mp3
  10. 10 Hear Love.mp3

Certain Circles has been a work of optimism since its Kickstarter campaign genesis. While Gassaway does get pensive on “Break of Dawn,” the introspective and rootsy “Where I’m Coming From,” and the poignant piano ballad “The Ship,” the overarching theme of the record is hope.

The opening track, “Turn This Thing Around,” is a buoyant, horn-heavy tune that offers a positive outlook for the future while serving as a plea for people to find common ground and love one another. The banjo licks and group singalong anchoring “Feeling Good” are guaranteed mood-enhancers, and the anthem “Hear Love,” which closes the album, is the apotheosis of that hopeful tone. Recorded in six days at Ramble Creek Recording Studio in Austin, most of the album’s 10 tracks were captured in one take. The result is an organic feel perfectly suiting the material, which Gassaway wrote and produced himself. Instead of pigeonholing his music into Americana, folk or alternative categories, Gassaway prefers to pursue diversity and eclecticism. “I’ve written full symphonic works, choral pieces, chamber music and folk songs, and they’re all the same for me,” he explains. “I like to think of my style as ‘honest.’”


Chase Gassaway – vocals, guitars, ukuleles, banjolele, bells, percussion, reed organ, string/brass/wind orchestration; piano on “The Ship”

Clint Simmons – drums, congas, gang vocals

Lamar Stockton – electric and upright bass, gang vocals

Syd Polk – clarinet, bassoon

Fletch Wiley – trumpet, flute

Michael St. Clair – trombone

Oscar Interiano – organ, piano, CP70

Trisha Keefer – violin

Brian Standafer – cello

Jordan Whitmore – vocals

Ryan Harkrider – vocals

Produced by Chase Gassaway

Engineered and Mixed by Britton Beisenherz at Ramble Creek, Austin, TX |

Mastered by Jim Wilson, Austin, TX |

Photography by Daniel Davis |

Design by April Thomason |

For fans of:Phillip Phillips, Wallflowers, Counting Crows, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann
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