This Just In: Circle

OK – this one was technically reissued a couple weeks ago, but we’ve been OBSESSED with it at the shop, so now you get to hear about it. Miljard was the 23rd release from Finnish metal band Circle. “Oh wow – a Finnish metal record, great…” you sarcastically say. But wait – while Miljard might be a record from a Finnish metal band, it’s not a metal record! It’s actually a collection of beautiful ambient pieces and piano nocturnes that the band describes as “a different kind of heavy.” They also describe it as “career suicide,” but that’s just if listeners have certain expectations and/or are closed minded. These keyboard-led, improvised, longform pieces fit perfectly alongside works from Max Richter, Harold Budd, Goldmund, Michael Cashmore, Sylvain Chauveau, etc., etc. Take a listen to the breathtaking track “Sophie” and read more about the album below. As usual, the weekly in-stock list is below the feature. Hope to see some of you out at International Noise Conference and J Dilla Weekend!!! -MLE

Circle – Miljard 3LP
Listen: “Sophie”
“Like with any group of tireless, fearless, infinitely creative artists, to discuss one album by Circle is to discuss a snapshot. In the course of over 20 years, and over 30 albums, the Finnish band has explored more genres than most people can name. They have been savage metalheads, trippy prog disciples, deftly accurate Krautrockers and purveyors of otherworldy folk.

In other words, to hear one record is to hear a moment static in time that may possibly never be revisited again. The moment here is Miljard, a 2006 instrumental album where the band chose to push themselves further than usual by assuming the form of ascetics working in the sparse realms of ambient music.

There is no form here, at least none that can be picked up casually. The opening melancholy keyboard line of ‘Parmalee’ illustrates the heart of the record: simple webs of melody used to stitch together brooding, fractured, disparate sounds that meander, skitter, rumble and squeal through all ten tracks.

Each one has been recorded to impart a sense of mood and theme. The slow builds and recessions; the moments of mania that disappear like delusions; the depth of field between the instrumentation; they create a fully realized atmosphere whether a song is only few minutes or runs to over twenty.

No single photo can define someone, and each Circle record only grazes their sweeping, stunning career. But as a stand- alone piece, Miljard fascinates, challenges and confounds every time you revisit it.” -Hydra Head

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In a circle – new releases, reissues & restocks…
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 4LP
A Perfect Circle – Mer De Noms 2LP
A Tribe Called Quest – Anthology 2LP, Midnight Marauders LP
Alex Smoke – Love Over Will LP*
Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 EP 12″, MACHROMT30a 12”,  Syro 2LP
Adele – 21 LP
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP
Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly 2LP, Overcast 12″, When Life Gives You Lemons LP
Autechre – L-Event EP 12″
B.B. King – Live In Cook County Jail LP
Beatles – Abbey Road LP, Beatles (White Album) 2LP, Please Please Me LP, Revolver LP, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono) LP
Bjork – Vulnicura 2LP
Black Keys – The Big Come Up LP
Blu & Exile – Below The Heavens 2LP+7″
Boards Of Canada – In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country EP 12″, Twoism EP 12″
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Natty Dread LP, Rastaman Vibration LP, Uprising LP
Bob Marley – Legend (The Best Of) LP
Bonobo – North Borders 2LP
Brazil Classics 5 – Hips Of Tradition: Return Of Tom Ze LP
Brian Eno – Lux 2LP, Nerve Net 2LP
Buena Vista Social Club – At Carnegie Hall 2LP
Burial – Kindred 12″, Rival Dealer 12″, Street Halo 12”, Truant 12”
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming LP
Chuck Berry – After School Session LP
Circle – Miljard 3LP
Coldplay – Parachutes LP
Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Tales Of Mozambique 2LP*
Crackbox – Couldn’t Get Worse LP
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits 2LP
Daft Punk – Alive 1997 LP, Discovery 2LP
Danny Brown – XXX 2LP
David Bowie – Blackstar CD
Deantoni Parks – Technoself LP
Death Cab For Cutie – Something About Airplanes LP, Transatlanticism 2LP
Def Leppard – S/T 2LP*
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration LP
Disclosure – Caracal 2LP
Disco & Boogie – 200 Breaks & Drum Loops Vol. 1 LP, 200 Breaks & Drum Loops Vol. 3 LP
DJ Paul Nice – Drum Library Vol.1 LP, Drum Library Vol. 3 LP, Drum Library Vol. 4 LP, Drum Library Vol. 5 LP
Dr. Dog – Psychedelic Swamp LP*
Dressy Bessy – Kingsized LP*
Egyptian Lover – On The Nile LP, One Track Mind LP
Elliott Smith – Heaven Adores You OST CD*
Endon – Mama LP*
Erykah Badu – Baduizm LP
Field Music – Commontime 2LP*
Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits LP, Rumours LP
Flying Lotus – Pattern + Grid World EP, Reset EP 12”, You’re Dead 2LP
Frank Sinatra – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers LP
Funkadelic – Let’s Take It To The Stage LP, Maggot Brain LP, Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On LP
Gilles Peterson – Presents Sun Ra & His Arkestra 2CD
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest 2LP
Guilty Simpson & Small Professor – Highway Robbery LP*
Harmonia – Musik Von Harmonia LP
J Dilla – Jay Stay Paid 2LP+7″, Rebirth Of Detroit Instrumentals 2LP, Ruff Draft 2LP,  Ruff Draft Beats LP, The Shining 2LP
Jack White – Lazaretto LP
Jacuzzi Boys – Happy Damage EP 12”*
Jay Dee – Welcome 2 Detroit 2LP
Jay-Z – The Black Album 2LP
Jaylib – Champion Sound 2LP
Jeb Loy Nichols – Long Time Traveler LP*
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon – S/T CD
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP, My Favorite Things LP, Settin’ The Pace LP
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP
Junior Boys – Big Black Coat LP
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid… 2LP
King Crimson – Starless & Bible Black LP
KNXWLEDGE – Wraptaypes 2LP*
Kode 9 – Nothing 2LP
Lafawndah – Tan EP 12”*
Lana Del Rey – Paradise LP
Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy LP, Led Zeppelin IV LP, S/T LP
Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Return Of The Super Ape LP
Leon Bridges – Louisiana Sun 10”*
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Walkin’ This Road By Myself LP
Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts Of Highway 20 2LP*
M83 – Digital Shades 1 LP, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2LP
Madlib – Beat Konducta Vol. 1: Movie Scenes LP, Beat Konducta Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite LP, Beat Konducta Vol. 6: Dil Withers LP, Medicine Show No. 1 2LP, Medicine Show No. 11 2LP
Madvillain – All Caps 12″, Madvillainy 2LP, CS, Madvillainy Remixes 2LP, Money Folder 12″
Manu Chao – Clandestino 2LP+CD
Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement 2LP
Mea Culpa – Dislocation 7”, Guilt Throughout The Years CS
Mea Culpa / Shehehe – Split CS
MED / Blu / Madlib – Bad Neighbor 2LP
Metallica – Master Of Puppets LP
MF Doom – My Favorite Ladies 12″, Special Herbs Vol. 1 & 2 2LP+7″, Special Herbs Vol. 3 & 4 2LP+7″, Special Herbs Vol. 5 & 6 2LP + 7″,  Special Herbs Vol. 7 & 8 2LP+7″, Special Herbs Vol. 9 & 10 2LP+7″
Michael Jackson – Bad 25th Anniversary Picture LP
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue LP
Modest Mouse – Moon & Antarctica 2LP
Morrissey – Vauxhall And I LP
Motorhead – No Remorse 2LP
Mulatu Astatke / Heliocentrics – Inspiration Information 2LP
Mykki Blanco – Gay Dog Food LP*
N.W.A. – NIGGAZ4LIFE LP
Nada Surf – The Proximity Effect LP
Neon Indian – Era Extrana LP, Vega Intl. Night School 2LP
Nightmares On Wax – In A Space Outta Sound 2LP, Smoker’s Delight 2LP
Nirvana – Nevermind LP, S/T Deluxe 2LP
Nonkeen – The Gamble 2LP*
ODESZA – In Return 2LP
Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik LP
Paramore – All We Know Is Falling LP
Pete Rock – Soul Survivor 2LP + 7”*
Peter Tosh & Friends – An Upsetters Showcase LP
Peter Tosh – Legalize It LP
Phantogram – Eyelid Movies LP, Nightlife LP
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP
Pig Destroyer – Book Burner LP
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP
Pizza Time – Todo LP*
Prince – Purple Rain LP
Quasimoto – Further Adventures Of Lord Quas 2LP, Further Instrumentals 2LP, Talkin Shit 7″, Unseen 2LP
Queen – A Day At The Races LP, II LP, News Of The World LP, Sheer Heart Attack LP
Radiohead – Hail To The Thief 2LP, OK Computer 2LP
Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II 2LP
Ramones – S/T LP, Ramones Mania LP
Re-Animadores – Me Das Asco CS*
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication 2LP
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – 11:11 LP, 9 Dead Alive  LP, S/T LP
Rolling Stones – Beggar’s Banquet LP, Hot Rocks 2LP
Run The Jewels  – Run The Jewels II 2LP
Sade – Love Deluxe LP, Promise LP, Stronger Than Pride LP
Sharon Jones – Dap Dippin’ With Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings LP
Slayer – Haunting The Chapel LP
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle LP
Supergrass – I Should Coco LP+7”
Talib Kweli – Train Of Thought: Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases… LP
Talib Kweli & Madlib – Liberation LP
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker 2LP
The 1975 – S/T 2LP
The Cult – Hidden City 2LP*, CD*
The Hound Of Love – Careful Houndy CS*
The James Hunter Six – Hold On! LP*
The Lemons – S/T LP*
The Ramones – Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 31 January 1978 LP
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead LP
The Strokes – First Impressions Of Earth LP, Room On Fire LP
Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream LP, The Unique LP
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time 2LP
Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die LP
Twenty One Pilots- Blurryface LP
Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger CD
Various – All The Breaks Vol. 2 LP, All The Breaks Vol. 3 LP
Various – Brazil Classics At 20 LP
Various – Daptone Gold 2LP, Daptone Gold Vol. II 2LP
Various – Henry St. Music Definitive 7” Collection Pt. 1 5×7”*
Various – International Breaks 101 LP, International Breaks 202 LP, International Breaks 303 LP
Various – Soul Sok Sega 2LP*
Velvet Underground – S/T LP
Working For A Nuclear Free City – What Do People Do… LP*
World Psychedelic Classics 4 – The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia 3LP
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP
Xela Zaid – Orange Violet LP*

*Indicates new release or new reissue