Brain Circus

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The first collection of songs by former Oohs keyboardist Brian Curtis released under the project name BRAIN CIRCUS.

"Virginian singer-songwriter Brian Curtis (The Oohs) delivers a wonderful solo album, and Brain Circus is a bit like The Turtles albums of the late sixties, these songs are carefully crafted pop symphonies. You’ll hear the familiar influences of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Beach Boys and Jellyfish. “Forget All About It” is pure ear candy, with a sophisticated structure and awesome chord shifts. The jangling melody on “If You Only Knew” is a bit like Klaatu with sweet woodwinds and layered harmonies throughout.
Like Dana Countryman, Brian has mastered glossy studio technique and sophisticated pop composition, as evidenced by “Try To Ignore Me” and the Wilsonesque “Keep My Hands To Yourself.” Even the jazzy “The Man Who Saw Tomorrow” has charms here. There is so much to absorb, and occasionally too much melodrama (“I Accept The Blame”) but when it hits the emotional mark (“Finally Found The One”) it’s a beautiful thing. Highly Recommended and it makes my top ten list."
AARON KUPFERBERG, Power Popaholic, 8/12/16
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"Brain Circus is the solo project of Brian Curtis, best known as part of The Oohs, Retro-Pop masters! 30 years in the making, Curtis performs every sound heard on Brain Circus.
Imagine blending the best of the sophisticated pop music of that magical epoch i.e 60s to the 90s and producing new music that is fresh and familiar at the same time. That is the singular achievement of Brain Circus. Listeners will spend hours figuring out the various classic pop reference points evident in this dynamic album. Perfectly executed, the textures achieved are nothing short of miraculous – that one musician is behind it is even more astonishing.
Though targeted for the classic pop-rock lover, everyone who loves sophisticated music must get a hold of this essential album."
KEVIN MATHEWS, Power Of Pop, 8/8/16
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"Smashing collection of impossible-to-resist songs performed in grand style by ace songwriter and keyboard wizard Brian Curtis, late of the much-loved band the Oohs. Thirteen numbers in all, Brain Circus, performed entirely by Curtis, provides ample proof, as if any was needed, that this transplanted Virginian’s ability to craft striking, kenspeckle melodies working in concert with clever chord structures and vocal invention puts him at the top of his game. The gorgeous harmony vocals at the heart of the jangly 'If You Only Knew' and the creatively-arranged mid-tempo ballad 'Smile Is A Thin Disguise' are but two examples of how good this album is, but the majestic, heartfelt love song 'Finally Found The One' is the pearl here, a musical sculpture formed with smiles and tears and a whole lot of heart. You’ll detect essence of Beach Boys, Jellyfish and Queen, among other classic touchstones, but this is all Curtis and don’t you forget it."
ALAN HABER, Pure Pop Radio, 7/21/16
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released July 18, 2016

All songs written, performed, produced & mixed by Brian Curtis, except "I Don't Want To Know" written by Brian Curtis & Greg Stilwell. Recorded at Electric Bozo Studio, Chesapeake, VA.
© 2016 Brian Curtis/Electric Bozo Music

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Brain Circus Chesapeake, Virginia

Brain Circus is the nom de plume of Brian Curtis, a veteran musician/vocalist & songwriter originally from central Illinois. Curtis spent 15 years as the driving force behind power-popsters The Oohs, producing three CDs before calling it a day. Choosing to follow his heart (and girlfriend) to Virginia, Brian is currently working in his home studio (Electric Bozo) and enjoying life. ... more

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