DUPONT CIRCLES, THE: In Search of the Family Gredunza: CD

Jan 26, 2021

A totally unknown quantity to me—although this band has been around with various lineups since at least 1990—as this debut album brings together recordings from between then and 2018. Musically, it has been described as coming under the banner of psychedelic indie pop, but to me it makes me think of XTC, They Might Be Giants, and Half Man Half Biscuit, all of which I like a lot. There are loads of catchy melodies, interesting lyrics, and moments when I find myself hitting repeat for certain songs. This really caught me unawares. Given there are three lineups across three decades, this album doesn’t lose any sense of what the band started doing as the timeline progresses. If you liked the recent Strum and Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 collection then I’d imagine this could be up your street. –Rich Cocksedge (The Beautiful Music, [email protected],