Album Review

Circle – “”Tower” Featuring Verde ” – [Last Visible Dog Records]

Jawbone   3/30/2007   A Library, CD

The sun rises over a Finnish fjord and the ice of a calving glacier sparkles, splintering the light into a thousand dazzling rays that mesmerize the mind into a trance-like state. The electric piano and percussion of Circle???s new ???Tower??? release evoke such mesmerization. Gone are the electric guitars, guttural vocals, space funk and sound effects of past Circle releases. This is layer upon layer of echoey keyboards over jazzy, subdued drums and sparkling percussion. Like Can on a slow day or Cluster and Eno on an upbeat day, or if Terry Riley were to sit in for Joe Zawinul in an early version of Weather Report, the music is hypnotic, jazzy, spacey and all instrumental. Melodies are not important. They float in and out on the layers of this brilliant release. Rarely does an album come up with a sound that is so unique and yet so familiar and keep up the cohesiveness and the interest for its entirety.

Joining Circle on this release is longtime collaborator Verde (Mika Rintala), multi-instrumentalist and electronic instrument inventor, seen waving his hand over his UFOX air humidifier theremin on the back cover.

Track titles are:

1. “Gerde” (6:40)
2. “Gatto” (4:25)
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3. “Gesterlund” (5:30)
4. “Geppanen” (13:00)
5. “Gaurilla” (5:24)
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6. “Gehtisalo” (9:08)

This is the New Wave of the ???New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal???.


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