Biography All Music Guide
All Music Guide:
Circle are a Finnish experimental rock band with similarities to English and U.S. post-rock and electronics-fueled instrumental acts such as Loop, Surgery, Trans-Am, and Tortoise. Although their early material is as hard to find as Finnish beachwear, released as they were on tiny Arctic Circle labels such as Circles of Seventh Seal and Bad Vugum, the band got some Stateside exposure in 1993 thanks to American out-rock indie VHF, who reissued their Silver EP (minus the title track and adding "Armond"). The group has been featured on compilations of Finnish experimental music alongside such electronica curiosities as Jimi Tenor, and have released four full-length albums through Bad Vugum and Metamorphose since forming in 1991. Although their material occasionally crosses over from a meandering grooves-and-textures romp to full-on prog-rock overload (similar, again, to some Trans-Am), the group's most inventive moments have at least managed an occasionally fascinating balance of the two.