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Circle is a name that has been used more than once. (1) A long-lasting avant rock band from Finland, (2) a free jazz group of the 1970s, (3) a Sydney band in the 1990s, (4) by the Sydney indie electro wonderkinds who were formerly known as Opanoni and The Raindrops.

Circle (1): Formed in 1991, Circle is the most visible and prolific name in the Finnish avant-rock underground. Having survived innumerable lineup changes, the band and its founder, bassist/vocalist/guitarist Jussi Lehtisalo (Pharaoh Overlord), have constantly reinvented themselves, weaving hypnotic mantras out of exacting Krautrock beats, heavy riffs, arty noise, dark psychedlia, and soundtrack-like beauty. Hard, chilly repetition has served as the lone unifying theme throughout 15 years of experiments.

Circle (2): Formed in Sydney in 2004 under the name Opanoni and The Raindrops and released the EP ‘Stamps and Coins’ to both local and international acclaim. The EP was followed up with a fulll length album in 2006 EGBDF after which the band changed their name to Circle. Under the Circle moniker, they have release a full length album ‘Just Keep Swimming’ an EP in 2009 called Xmas Omas and their Molasses Sandwiches album in 2010. The band has been signed with MGM, Creative Vibes and most recently Monday Records.


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  • Tuntury

    Teräskylpy is also a whoa dude piece on Telescope.

    23 Oct 12:23pm Reply
  • Smirnon

    Matka and Kaarre from Telescope are some of their best pieces yeah. that 15:00 to 20:00 mark on Kaarre is whoa dude

    17 Oct 6:05pm Reply
  • Greygoo

    re: loose, hazy, jammy stuff (that I tend to gravitate towards as it gets really hot in the summer), I'm revisiting and greatly enjoying Tyrant and the Sunburned Circle album (Circle + Sunburned Hand of the Man). As for favourites, I will tentatively name Sunrise the quintessential Circle album.

    9 Jul 7:55pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    Telescope sounds like it'd be my kinda thing... I'll check it out thanks.

    1 Jul 1:36am Reply
  • Ghaassas

    Telescope is the best one, long hazy jams is Circle's strongest point. Serpent is the best rock circus and Prospekt is the best old style Circle album. I generally like the live albums more, the studio albums feel more calculated which doesn't suit the band.

    26 Jun 7:34pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    What are your favourite Circle albums and why? I've sort of come to these guys having exhausted the Pharaoh Overlord discography (I did see Circle a few years back, but I didn't really get into their records back then). I feel like I have a lot to discover... Of the 9 I've listened to so far Taantumus is probably my favourite. It's that hypnotic repetition...

    23 May 12:29pm Reply
  • Smirnon

    Leviatan is the cutest album they ever put out. big Kuusumun Profeetta and Plain Ride vibe. heavy on the Westerlund influence i guess

    6 May 6:21pm Reply
  • otsukaretimu

    I can't stop listening to Hollywood. It just might be my favorite record of 2014, even if it was released in 2008.

    20 Apr 9:06am Reply
  • Smirnon

    madness to the max. mental release. one of the best metal records of last year. <more favorable adjectives here>

    15 Jan 6:19pm Reply
  • Mr_Everything

    Incarnation is ridiculous

    13 Jan 12:44pm Reply
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  • Madame_Boshkina

    Thank you for the crazy performance in Poland! [4]

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Jonsku

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • harumscarum

    anyone!!!! i'm looking for Maxim album

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • calsoon

    Thank you for the crazy performance in Poland! [3]

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Gallo88

    Thank you for the crazy performance in Poland! [2]

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MelancholicHead

    Thank you for the crazy performance in Poland!

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Greygoo

    After mostly listening to their more recent material for some time, I'm returning to the mystical hypno-trips of Pori/Prospekt/Andexelt/Taantumus. Probably the most satisfying period in their catalogue.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Smirnon

    woah weirddddd. well, they certainly picked yet another band name that doesn't have much of a novelty factor :)

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Jonsku

    "From 1991 through 2013, Falcon operated under the name of Circle. The need for the sudden name change arises from the Circle brand's becoming somewhat of a burden due to the expectations of Ektro Records and audiences. Making music was turning into work and an obligation. The Circle brand has been leased to a group of artists, who are currently working on the next Circle album. The full-lengths of both Falcon (ex-Circle) and Circle will be released later this autumn. The current plan is that the lease contract dissolves by the end of 2013 and the Circle brand will be returned to Falcon, who then may continue under the name Circle (ex-Falcon). All Circle concerts booked for 2013 will be performed by Circle's long standing line-up: Mika Rättö, Janne Westerlund, Jussi Lehtisalo, Tomi Leppänen, Pekka Jääskeläinen, Julius Jääskeläinen, Tuomas Laurila." Jussi Lehtisalo / Falcon (ex-Circle)

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
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