UPDATE 9/9/20: The Circles Around The Sun covers of the Grateful Dead tracks “Mountains of the Moon” and “Ship of Fools” featuring vocals by the late Neal Casal are now available to stream on the digital platform of your choice here. You can also stream the two covers via Spotify below.
Circles Around The Sun (w/ Neal Casal) – “Ship of Fools”/”Mountains of the Moon” (Grateful Dead covers)
In other Circles Around The Sun news, you can check out our recent feature interview with keyboardist Adam MacDougall about reckoning with Neal’s death and finding a path forward without him here.
[8/19/20]: Circles Around The Sun have shared their covers of the Grateful Dead‘s “Mountains of the Moon” and “Ship of Fools” featuring the late Neal Casal‘s vocals which appeared as part of the Rex Foundation‘s Daze Between streaming marathon honoring the 25th anniversary of Jerry Garcia‘s passing. Both Garcia/Hunter covers were also released on Bandcamp earlier this month. You can download both the Circles Around The Sun renditions of “Mountains of the Moon” and “Ship of Fools” here.
As the band explained in a statement when the two songs were released to Bandcamp, “‘Mountains of the Moon’ was recorded by Neal and [keyboardist] Adam [MacDougall] in 2014 for a Record Store Day 7″ that Neal released, and was used again during the Fare Thee Well sessions. Neal recorded his solo version of ‘Ship of Fools’ in 2009. We now have added drums, bass, and some more keys to these recordings and remixed them to make something new and special in Neal Casal and Jerry Garcias memory.”
The revamped “Mountains of the Moon” takes the thematic subject matter quite literally, offering a synth-heavy, cosmic reimagining of the Aoxomoxoa (1969) chestnut. “Ship of Fools” is considerably more mellow, with Casal’s earnest vocals serving as the focal point. Subtle instrumentation and vocal harmonies from the band serve to highlight this highly emotional performance.
Of note, Neal’s “Ship of Fools” vocal track was previously utilized by MacDougall, Jesse Aycock, Joe Russo, Jeff Hill, and Tony Leone for a live, posthumous “collaboration” during an all-star memorial performance at The Capitol Theatre shortly after Casal took his own life last summer.
You can listen to both of the recently released Circles Around The Sun Grateful Dead covers below or head to Bandcamp to purchase a download.
Circles Around The Sun – “Mountains of the Moon” (Grateful Dead)
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Here is the full video of our version of Mountains of the Moon, featuring @nealcasal on vocals. This special release was premiered during Daze Between, the celebration of the life and music of @jerrygarcia. We hope you like it! This song and our other release, “Ship of Fools,” are also available to download on @bandcamp Original song by @jerrygarcia and Robert Hunter Recorded by @circlesaroundthesunofficial Engineered and mixed by @danhhorne Original tracking by J.P. Hesser Drums engineered by Callum Bair Animation by @lifeofmckennakane
Circles Around The Sun – “Ship of Fools” (Grateful Dead)