Maynard James Keenan once said that A Perfect Circle represents the feminine counterpart to Tool's masculinity. This was always a wonderfully evocative description of the kind of music the band does -- at turns delicate, passionate, and outright ferocious -- and it's an attitude that translates into something very special for fans who may like Tool but who never felt a visceral connection with them. Whereas Tool is all muscle and mathematical complexity, A Perfect Circle is more unabashed feeling.
It's been nine years since the release of eMOTIVe, which featured mostly haunting and challenging covers, and so any new music from A Perfect Circle is cause for celebration. The band is releasing two compilations this month: Three Sixty, which is a greatest hits album, and Stone and Echo, a live box-set. Three Sixty also brings with it one new song, a track that sounds like a mash-up of Zeppelin and Disintegration-era Cure.
There's no video for this, but it hardly matters.
Here's By and Down.