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4 stars The Finnish group SIINAI go wherever they want, and despite having a distinctive own sound, no one can predict what kind of an album will they do next. The instrumental debut Olympic Games (2011) earned them a place in PA's Krautrock section. Then they collaborated with the Canadian artist Moonface (Spencer Krug) on a fresh, vocal-oriented art rock album Heartbreaking Bravery (2012). Supermarket marks a return to instrumental music and is in my opinion notably more enjoyable and inspired than the debut. One could describe it as electronic music with a rock extension, for including also full use of guitar, bass and drums. There's a hypnotic electronic groove comparable to the likes of JEAN MICHEL JARRE and TANGERINE DREAM, as well as to the modern generation of Trance / Techno / Chill-Out. The production by the band is awesome, I wonder if even BRIAN ENO could have made it much better.

It's interesting to think how the four musicians have been hanging on in the alienating micro-universe of supermarkets, those modern temples of our everyday consumer's life, with all senses wide open to experience it all on unconventionable levels of consciousness. You know, like visionary film directors can make one see straight beyond the veils of the "familiar" and turn the whole idea upside down, to reveal something unspoken and universal. Indeed, someone could make an impressive silent film about supermarkets with this album as its soundtrack. On the other hand, each listener takes the director's seat and visualizes a new inner movie with each subsequent listening.

The 48-minute album flows in perfect balance, shifting between more rhythmic and solid stuff of tighter tracks, and deeply meditative atmosphere of the longer tracks. Sometimes the introspective side of VANGELIS comes to my mind. It's highly unusual for a democratic group to make an album of such singular vision. Strong four stars!

Matti | 4/5 |


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