FOREST

Forest


Forest continues Circle's "difficult" period (a two or three album departure from their tongue-in-cheeky "New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal" self-branding) with a four-song collection that could best be described as Circle's "blues" album. But, as is always the case with these Finnish sonic pranksters, blues is only a term to define the jumping off point: from there, the band goes where only Circle dare tread. The aggressive Krautrock rhythms have been jettisoned in favor of a more gentle propulsion of percolating keyboards and acoustic guitar playing their familiar circular patterns, and the unintelligible quasi-metal vocals have been replaced with English-language, blues-derived utterings that call to mind the stream of consciousness improvs of Malcolm Mooney from Can, one of the bands to have the largest influence on the Circle motif. Riding in on a slow, low drone, opener "Havuportti" is almost an ambient track for the first couple minutes, but the musique concr?te element finally subsides enough to admit a faerie folk rhythm of exotic percussion, hypnotic bass plucking, distant synth swells, and vocals ranging from guttural chants to distorted gurgling that evoke the mystical woodland setting of the album's title, meandering on for nearly 13 minutes before dissolving into the ether. The second track, "Luikertelevat Lahoavat," begins with a repetitious blues riff augmented by primitive percussion (bongos and beer bottles?) and noodley sci-fi keys, until monk-like chanting and more of the free-form bluesman ramblings hijack the proceedings. The same demented blues rants continue on through "Ydinaukio," where the narrator laments his lost loves, "the booze and the chemical tools" over Mississippi Delta-via-Lapland guitar passages, synth squiggles, and rudimentary percussion. And the album closes with "J?ljet," which spends its first three minutes as a patient (and patience-testing) study in found-sound collage and avant-garde abstraction which literally accelerates into the album's most compelling track, a summation of all that came before and a re-introduction of the singular Circle Motorik groove. To those more familiar with Circle's "speedkraut" format, this album might be a bit inaccessible, but in the context of the band's entire oeuvre it's merely a brief diversion. To quote the band's official bio, "Since a strong belief in the divine nature of making mistakes informs the project, there have been many stylistic detours, digressions and fecund tributaries to follow during this musical odyssey, but the basic pulse and impulse have always remained." ~ Brian Way, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: --
  • Label: No Quarter
  • UPC: 880270047925
Loading...
Loading marketplace...
 

Track listings

  • 1. Havuporti
  • 2. Luikertelevat
  • 3. Ydinaukio
  • 4. J„Ljet
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
Conditions Guide
×