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Tess Of The Circle – This Higher Ground – Single Review

Produced by the prolific Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Sherlocks, Robert Planet, Lemmy, Ryan Adams, Grace Jones) the new single from the fast-rising Tess Of The Circle showcases yet another facet of this exciting independent rock act.

As stated in the press release for “This Higher Ground”, Tess of The Circle have delivered “with the same intensity and conviction as their critically acclaimed alt rock tracks [but] this reflective acoustic song brings cello, acoustic guitar and mandolin into the mix to startling effect”.

Frankly, that sums this startlingly effective song up in more than suitable fashion but it’s important to add that this delicate, perfectly rendered song is both stunning in it’s deceptive simplicity and mesmerisingly emotive…..and that’s coming from a metal website!

That’s right, us metallers do like to embrace our more sensitive side from time to time but it takes something particularly special to turn our attention away from the power of the riff and “This Higher Ground” is just that kind of song. Featuring an achingly alluring vocal performance from frontman Tess Jones, this very human tale of maintaining our morality amidst the struggles of life is a universal one and Tess Of The Circle have pitched it perfectly.

Tess Of The Circle are going to be huge and “This Higher Ground” is beyond beautiful, it’s operating on a higher ground entirely. 9/10

In just two years, TESS OF THE CIRCLE have amassed an impressive CV with repeat support from multiple National Radio stations in the UK (BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6, BBC Introducing, Virgin, Kerrang, Planet Rock, Amazing) and live sessions on 14 stations including BBC Radio 2, BBC London & BBC Oxford.

The band have engaged audiences with shows at Glastonbury, sub-headlining the Acoustic Festival of Britain’s second stage and headlining Bear Gryll’s Festival in London. Amongst many dates, this year sees them playing Bearded Theory main stages as well as playing alongside REEF and PUDDLE OF MUD on the main stage of the new AMPLIFIED Festival in Gloucester.

About Chris Jennings (1985 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

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