Philadelphia-based indie/alt-rockers Circa Survive have announced the official release date of their upcoming fifth studio LP, Decensus. The group’s lead singer also debuted the artwork for the record, which is slated to drop November 24th.
Earlier today, frontman Anthony Green, who has garnered considerable acclaim outside the efforts of his numerous ensemble projects and collaborations, posted a press-release image containing the artwork for the record and all the details relevant to its release. The album art was designed by Esao Andrews. Andrews is a Brooklyn-based artist responsible for the covers of the band’s first four studio full-lengths (lauded by publications like Under The Gun Review, as “some of the most interesting and impressive out there”), as well as the group’s 2005 Inuit Sessions EP. His new art shows what appears to be a sea creature resembling a kraken grasping balloons and simultaneously sinking a pyramid-like structure. The hashtags ornamenting the Facebook post include seemingly cryptic word pairings like #musicworship and #reallove. The image, which is peppered with Circa Survive’s “Safecamp” symbol, also indicates Decensus will be the group’s first release from their new label, Sumerian Records. Sumerian will also reissue Violent Waves, Circa’s most recently released LP.
Anthony Green first gave word of the band’s signing to Sumerian Records during an interview with Alternative Press this past August. This took place at the Skate & Surf festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he performed with Saosin (the Orange County, California post-hardcore outfit with which he first gained notoriety). This performance, which preceded a short spate of club shows, generated massive buzz in the realm of alternative music, where a debate has long raged about Anthony’s connection to Saosin. Another frequent discussion is who, between Green and former frontman Cove Reber, made the better singer and was a better fit for the group.
Green, who’s been understandably busy of late with the recent birth of his third son and the pending release of Decensus, indicated his primary band’s new album will be “the most aggressive record we’ve ever made.” The sentiment, though oft-repeated, remains unknown, as the first track from the record won’t premiere until October 27th. On that date, the album will also be available for preorder.