Circle SSEENNSSEESS

Circle SSEENNSSEESS
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2013 was a busy year for Finnish workaholics Circle: they changed their name (and leased it out) so they could venture into AOR territory, collaborated with Mamiffer, and scored Mika Taanila's documentary Six Day Run. SSEENNSSEESS marks the second collaboration between the band and filmmaker, with the LP of the same name documenting the band's live accompaniment to Taanila's 16mm projections at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki.

That they chose to be billed as "Circle" here and not any other incarnation is a good indication of how this performance sounds: circular, riffy, psychedelic prog rock. Divorced from the images the music was originally paired with, SSEENNSSEESS falls short by attempting to sum up a multi-sensory experience with a mono-sensory one, making this record a nice souvenir from the gift shop, but not much else. "Terminal" is top-notch Circle, but not worth the price of admission. (Ektro)