There’s something distinctly new wave about Circuits to add tpo the whiff of
Elvis Costello, a pinch of Joe Jackson, and the smidgen of The
Jam. Circuits choose their influences wisely, and the result is a bouncy, up-tempo number that reeks of
the past while looking to the future.
A punchy song about a failed relationship, Say No, Say Yeah is filled
with a new wave sensibilities that is by turn touching and spiky. At
times it seems like the lyrics adopt the Norman Mailer approach of "Why
write five words when five thousand will do?", with couplets like
"You've only got two ears and one mouth / So listen twice as hard as you speak
when you are spoken to," twisted and contorted to fit the melody, but the
whole thing is packed with such exuberance it is hard to deny them their
moment in the sun, the cheeky little scamps.
Oddly, the B-side, Question Mark Shaped Heart, is actually the better of
the two sides, with shades of the better side of The Police and a
driving bassline that gives the song a giddy propulsion.