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Through the progressive, instrumental rock project, Intervals, Aaron Marshall has long beenconsidered an innovator. He’s built a career on trusting his instincts, even when that intuition has ledhim down a road that is decidedly less traveled. That may mean tearing down genre norms, findingcreative ways to interact with fans, or a commitment to self-releasing music even when labelopportunities are readily available to him. Marshall has bet on himself continuously, and backed thatgamble up with hard work, unparalleled creativity, and an uncompromising desire to make eachIntervals release a pivotal moment in the lineage of instrumental rock. On Intervals’ latest record,Circadian, Marshall continues to push the limit at every turn, resulting in arguably the most dynamicrecord in the band’s highly-revered catalog.
In the past, Marshall has always written the music for a record first and relied on the composition totell him what the story should be. On Circadian, for the first time, he had an abstract map of therecord’s story prior to the music and was able to develop both aspects simultaneously. This newapproach to the storytelling process is a perfect example of Marshall’s artistic maturation that unfoldsover the past three Intervals records. On The Shape of Colour (2015), the subject matter was morebroad stroke and interpretive, taking a step in a more honest and natural direction with the attitude ofthe music. For the 2017 release of The Way Forward, Marshall looked beyond personal experienceas he tackled the oldest staple in storytelling, the hero’s journey, while reflecting on iconic popculture in film, music, and literature to tell a story about where he comes from and where he’sheaded. WIth Circadian, Marshall takes a brave step into the abstract, building a story around theinnate human connection to the sun, and how that rhythmic cycle plays a crucial roll in our day today lives . As a society, we’ve created an existence largely disconnected from the natural rhythm oflife. This record serves as a reminder that seeking ideal circadian flow is integral to cutting throughthe static noise of modern life to find true peace. Marshall took something intimate (his own pursuitof balance) and conveyed it in a widely relatable message - something that is often considered themark of a true storyteller.
Circadian was co-produced by Marshall and fellow Torontonian, Sam Guaiana (Silverstein,
Obey The Brave, Like Pacific) - marking the first time the esteemed producer had ever worked on aninstrumental record. It was also the first time that most of the work on an Intervals record was donelocally in Toronto. As a result, Marshall had the opportunity to be more involved in the production andmixing process than ever before. Circadian is meant to be viewed as a singular piece, withobsessive attention paid to the flow of the record. It’s full of motifs, cadences, and themes that arerevisited throughout the record and even recalled from previous releases. Circadian intentionallyclocks in at 8 songs and roughly 40 minutes, as Marshall gave considerable thought to where thesweet spot between listener satisfaction and desire to immediately play it back was. Every minutedetail surrounding the record has purpose, and builds towards an all encompassing experience.
Ultimately, Circadian is a commentary piece on a fractured world and a call to reconnect with thenatural state in order to begin the healing process. The artwork, which was painted by ColinFrangicetto (of Circa Survive), provides a visual map to this complex tale with a level of intricacybefitting such a carefully conceived composition. When consumed in context, Intervals manages tosuccessfully tell an elaborate story without the use of words - an impressive and difficult task at theheart of most great visual or auditory art.
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