Boomkat Product Review:
Finnish Kraut-metallers Circle have got to be one of the most prolific bands on the planet - even challenging Dutchman Machinefabriek in sheer volume of releases. That's not to say they'll put out just anything though, what amazes me about Circle is the amount of styles they attempt (and master) without mis-stepping or more importantly coming across as trite or bandwagon jumping. Instead they continually amaze and impress, and this latest from America's phenomenal Last Visible Dog label is no different, in fact I'd even go so far as to say it's one of the most stunning releases from the band I've heard to date. I should make it clear now though, this is not a New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal album, and neither is it cyclic, percussive Krautrock, hell it even eschews the doomy piano-led drone work we've heard bubbling up from them in the last year or so, 'Tower' is actually a psychedelic jazz record. You heard me right, this is a tight, meteoric collection of bubbling Rhodes melodies, fizzing percussion and deep, deep bass more along the lines of Alice Coltrane or Sun Ra than Can or Neu!. It doesn't break up either - this is 55 minutes of pure bliss, and without wanting to push you into the murky (and horribly boring) world of chill-out, I can't imagine a better album to lay back and absorb entirely. I guess what sets this apart from so many others (and so many other records in Circle's back catalogue) is its sheer musicianship, and joined by the very able Verde (aka Mika Rintala) it is jaw-dropping from beginning to end, with not a note out of place and not a beat missed. This is one of those records I can see myself going back to again and again this year, at all times exploratory, referential in the right way and on the right side of cosmic. You just can't miss out on this - even if you've never heard Circle before I really think you need to do yourself a favour and check this without delay - so, so good!