SE Malmö Inkonst
DK Göteborg Truckstop Alaska
DK København Jazzhouse
DE Berlin Urban Spree + Camera
DE Dresden Scheune
UK Birmingham Capsule @ Hare & Hounds
UK Bradford Threadfest
UK London Raw Power Weekender
(as Pharaoh Overlord)
UK London Raw Power Weekender
NL Arnhem Willemeen
27.05. BE Leuven Orange Factory @ Sojo
29.05. CH Bad Bonn Kilbi
CH Basel Bildrausch
(SSEENNSSEESS - performance with Mika Taanila)
Circle albums and merchandise available at the
Ektro Records webstore
See Ektro's Soundcloud page for some full Circle tracks from different releases
Circle - "Silta" DVD
"SILTA" is a double feature live DVD from Circle (Format: PAL / 16:9 / REGION FREE, plays worldwide on PAL-compatible DVD players), performed on two consecutive nights in two different cities in Southern Finland, 2011. The first gig takes place at Turku (Club Dynamo, Feb 23, 2011) and the second one in Helsinki (YK-Klubi, Feb 24, 2011). As a pair, the two live sets hold up a convincing display of Circle’s merits as a mesmerizing live act.
Both shows were recorded live in an uncompromising manner with a multitrack audio-unit + filmed using a special Japanese-imported camera on a tripod. With 'in-your-face' video and audio, “SILTA” brings forth the essence of the band on stage on an amplitude that no 3D glasses or other modern-day gimmicks could possibly push any further.
Run time (total): Approx. 170 min.
Release date is April 30th.
Pharaoh Overlord - Circle CD/LP
Pharaoh Overlord’s Circle is bound to annul all expectations you ever held for these once avant-stoners. What’s clear is that Circle marks the fusion of Pharaoh Overlord with the namesake of this album.
It is a wild card you foresaw. Their no-nonsense self-referentiality, oddly enough, inverses the paradox of the red queen: with the building blocks standing still, the friction with the ever-accelerating external realities gives the impression of expanding horizons in the standstill of tonal landscapes of the body of music that is Pharaoh Overlord’s Circle. Synthesizers float like nitrous oxide above the serene pastures of laid-back grooves. This is epic synth pop that would vaporize any pulse or mundane logic into the stream of thin air of upper atmosphere.
On Circle, Pharaoh Overlord stand among their bling-blinded subjects as a modestly-clad emperor proud of the newly-discovered self-realization by means of merging with their idols and contestants (that is, Circle) into one abstract entity of sonic flesh. There is no sobriety like loss of identity.
LP release date is JUNE 12th, CD release date is April 30th.
350 x black
150 x solid gold
Circle - Pharaoh Overlord CD/LP
Circle’s Pharaoh Overlord is bound to contest all speculations you ever heard of these savant ritualists. What’s clear is that Pharaoh Overlord means the intrusion of the namesake of this album into Circle.
It is a forest of fire. Their self-possessed purge from self-referentiality, oddly enough, intensifies the paradox-ridden spree with which Circle have ignited the very building blocks of the band itself into fiction that is ever leaking out into reality-infested horizons surrounding the voluptuous standstill of the vortex of music that is Circle’s Pharaoh Overlord. Horns and vocal chants hover like a hail storm above the stabbed soil of murky beats. This is epic experimental rock that will condense any impulse or mundane logic into pure inevitability.
On Pharaoh Overlord, Circle explore the smouldering terrain of their kindred spirits to find the means of transgressing the border of parallel existence with their idols (that is, Pharaoh Overlord) with the intent of merging into one abstract entity of sonic flesh. There is no sobriety like loss of identity.
LP release date is JUNE 12th, CD release date is April 30th.
LP pressing info:
350 x black
150 x transparent blue
Guillotine 2LP reissue
Guillotine (2003) will soon be re-released as a gatefold double vinyl by Ektro's Full Contact vinyl imprint. This double vinyl edition includes one bonus track that did not appear on the original CD.
"Finland´s masters of hypnotic heaviness abandon riffs and repetition to dive blindly into a noisy, freeform abyss. Landmark 2003 album, first time on vinyl. Watch your head, rocker!"
150 X transparent purple
350 X black
Release date is November 28th. Pre-order here!
New live tape by Circle
Hukkaamiskielto (”the prohibition of disposals”) by Circle is a highly charged monolith based on a 26-track live recording by a veteran sound designer, recording engineer and audiovisual producer Max Laine of a Circle show in Dynamo, Turku in February 2011. The production was meticulously done by manipulating all of the actual individual tracks. What you hear on this cassette album is the end-result of synthesizing and replacing all key instruments with effects used in modern day transient-tracking and pitch-to-MIDI techniques. Therefore, Hukkaamiskielto begs the question, what is synthesized and what is actually human-generated as we move further towards a Kurzweilian singularity or rather away from it further into the roots of all electronic music. What you hear is a Circle show from beginning to the end, but only transformed beyond basic recognition.
The term ”hukkaamiskielto” became part of Finnish street folklore in November 2013, when the chief officer of drug-related crimes Jari Aarnio, was faced with dozens of charges including gross misrepresentation of the evidence, aggravated acceptance of bribes, assistance of serious fraud and so on. His vast private property worth 500,000 € was thus given the status of ”hukkaamiskielto”.
- fluorescent green cassette with body printing and standard black case
- edition of 200 hand-numbered copies
- release date September 29th
Recorded live at Dynamo, Turku, February 23, 2011. P. Jääskeläinen, J. Jääskeläinen, J. Westerlund, J. Lehtisalo, T. Leppänen, M. Rättö + T. Laurila, live audio engineer & additional live effects. Synthesized and re-arranged by M. Laine / Wolfborder Studios
Released by Ruton Music. Pre-order now
New live LPs by Circle & Pharaoh Overlord
Ektro Records' vision for the future is to offer "outstanding solutions of subversive sound art". Key paths to realizing the vision are "harmonizing production lines" and "maximizing synergy advantages". As part of this strategy, the company launches a new, innovative concept: The "6000 km/h" brand.
6000 km/h is a product line of high quality, multi-channel "live" recordings. The brand name strives to communicate "speed, dynamism and goal-orientedness". The honour of opening the new product line has been given to Ektro records' flagship merchandise CIRCLE, jointly with its sister band oriented to the developing markets, PHARAOH OVERLORD. The pair of albums comprises a mutually complementing conceptual gesamtkunstwerk, the parts of which can, however, also be enjoyed as independent works.
CIRCLE's album 6000 km/h was recorded on the band's European tour in spring 2014. Utmost care has been taken to include a top quality selection of most exciting "takes" of the band's psychedelic rock hits like "Paniikin Valtias", "Fish Reflection", and the evergreen "Se Jonka Nimeä Ei Mainita".
PHARAOH OVERLORD's album 6000 km/h is a recording of the band's show at Turku's H2Ö festival, where they gave the festival audience the most unforgettable summer experience of the year 2014, taking them on a ride through time and space into a dialectical tailspin where the laws of music, theatre and society, among other things, turn into their opposites. All the songs on the album are world premieres, including titles such as "Hei Se Kassi Tänne", "No Ota Sitten Kolmekymppiä", and "Onkohan Tää Riisiä"
Jussi Lehtisalo, the Executive Director of Ektro Records, is excited about the "6000 km/h" concept: "6000 km/h is our bravest product launch since the company started in 1996. This is going to be something totally whacked out!"
New Plain Ride album released
Hissi out soon on vinyl
Nowadays, with Circle's vast discography, you've come to expect the unexpected. Every other release seems to take a weird u-turn or completely wander off from the main autobahn, into the mysterious forests. In 1996, after releasing a few seven inches and two albums (Meronia and Zopalki) of guitar heavy hypnotic art rock, Circle still seemed like a band that's progressing somewhat logically in their musical experiments. Hissi is the first "illogical" album in the ever-expanding, logic-defying discography of the band. Experimental puppet theatre music, demented lounge lizard grooves and cosmic rhythm music soundscapes that discard the band's earlier guitar heavy approach almost completely. Hypnotic and strange like the first two albums, but still weird and unexpected. Psychedelic music without the usual hippie guitar solos and spacious effects or druggy trance techno thump. Not formally psychedelic, yet truly psychedelic, psychedelic in spirit. Now available on vinyl for the first time, remastered.
Originally released on CD (META-008) via Metamorphos in 1996. A few copies of Ektro's CD release from 2012 are also still available.
1. Kuivaamo (10:29)
2. Velmu (3:23)
3. Kalat (5:01)
4. Glanu (4:13)
1. Valvo (3:55)
2. Kuukäärme (5:50)
3. Strand - Jatkumo (5:01)
4. Saksi (9:12)
Circle - Kalat by Ektro Records
Circle - Kuivaamo by Ektro Records
LP out in August. Pre-order now
Surface out soon on vinyl
Live album by the now legendary Meronia/Zopalki -era line-up of Circle. Recorded in 1996 at Pakkahuone, Tampere, and originally released in 1998, Surface captures the full frontal assault of an early Circle live show. Wondrous stories of a band of crazed art rock warriors playing with ear-exploding volume and wearing dead fish on stage are still told with awe and respect as people who saw the show refer to the gig immortalized in these recordings. Starting off with a spooky ambient rendition of Hank Williams' "I Saw The Light" and then speeding up with jarring guitar riffage and nervous synthesizer licks, Surface builds tension without mercy or release. Hauntingly original rock music from a very weird period of alternative music in Finland. Now available for the first time on vinyl, remastered and with new artwork.
Circle - Valerian (live) by Ektro Records
Circle - Sprinkler (live) by Ektro Records
Originally released on Circle/Marble Sheep: Surface/Marble Zone 2 CD (META-023) via Metamorphos in 1998.
Out in August. Pre-order now
Circle's first releases reissued
The legendary first 7-inch releases by Circle rise from the grave! Originally released in 1991-1993, the first three 7" vinyls by Finland's relentless kings of hypnotic rock have been a sold out and sought after commodity for a long time. Ektro Records makes them available once again, all remastered and repackaged with love and respect for the original masterpieces. Avant punk attitude, heavy circular riffing, ghastly vocals, own makeshift language and an overall sense of wonder ooze out of every track. Circle's trademark qualities have stood the test of time. These three little vinyls are a trip back in time to a more innocent era of independent music.
Circle - Crawatt by Ektro Records
Circle - Point by Ektro Records
Circle - Fone by Ektro Records
Circle - DNA by Ektro Records
Two new shirts for the tour
Ektro Records has just put two new Circle shirts up for sale. These shirts will only be available online until March 28, after that the only way to get one is by coming to one of the shows in Europe in April. Check out the designs "Cowboy" and "Kumiluoti" at Ektro Records.
In other news, the Kumiluoti and Leviatan vinyls will be available after Circle's tour, on April 18.
Finland’s avant-rock explorers, Circle are at it again. Just a few months after their brutal exploitation of the capitalistic mindset behind the super rock idiom, Circle plunge into the oceanic depths of true self-expression with their new album, Leviatan. Combining acoustic instrumentation with, at times, menacing vocals, complete with looming space sounds captured by NASA, the album yields a timeless, yet distinctively archaic klang. The ritualistic conviction of the group becomes obvious as the gritty idiosyncracy of the album gradually unfolds into a journey through spiritual anarchism, leaving the listener baffled at the exacting abandonment of the ensemble.
Circle (ex-Falcon) - Huone by Ektro Records
Circle (ex-Falcon) - Post-Kapitalismus by Ektro Records
CD / LP COMING SOON - Pre-order from Ektro Records
Kumiluoti 7" coming soon
The new seven inch from Finland’s Circle finds the band firing in-your-face punk. Kumiluoti tears down the smokescreen of society with searing guitars and point-blank lyrics, navigating the ammo deep inside the corpse of capitalist machinery. The two songs reveal the plight of those exposed to the idiocies of blatant consumerism with surgical precision. Volatile, intense and straight to the point. Death to Society!
Circle - Kumiluoti by Ektro Records
7" COMING SOON - Pre-order from Ektro Records
Circle tours Europe in April
Circle (ex-Falcon) on tour in Europe with Old Man Gloom in April:
01-04-2014 Grammatikoff, Duisburg
02-04-2014 Beursschouwburg, Brussels
03-04-2014 The Scala, London
04-04-2014 La Maroquinerie, Paris
05-04-2014 Dachstock, Bern
06-04-2014 Locomotiv, Bologna
07-04-2014 Jubez, Karlsruhe
08-04-2014 Bi Nuu, Berlin
09-04-2014 Meet Factory, Prague
10-04-2014 Arena, Vienna
11-04-2014 Doom over Leipzig, Leipzig
12-04-2014 Roadburn festival, Tilburg
Update March 20: Prague venue changed to Meet Factory!
Pre-orders available / SSEENNSSEESS in Rotterdam
The Hollywood 2LP and the SSEENNSSEESS live LP can now be pre-ordered from Ektro Records. Both LPs are available in regular and limited editions.
In other news, Circle and film director Mika Taanila are taking their SSEENNSSEESS show on the road, appearing at the Worm club in Rotterdam on the 26th of January. More info here (in Dutch)