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Krautrock • Finland


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Part of the huge krautrock revival but also found of post-rockin experiments, Siinai comes from Finland. The collective has recently published their first effort on Splendour (Sept 2011). The musical signature provides a complex, dense and emotive medley of driven electro minimalism, post punked out chords and sonic driftscaping moves. This one can be perceived as the missing link between Popol Vuh's ethereal ritualism, Neu ! L.A Dusseldorf, Michael Rother's ultra melodic motorik textures and Stereolab's psych pop inflections.

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3.75 | 7 ratings
Olympic Games
2011
4.00 | 5 ratings
Heartbreaking Bravery (with Moonface)
2012
4.00 | 5 ratings
Supermarket
2014
3.14 | 3 ratings
My Best Human Face (with Moonface)
2016
4.02 | 5 ratings
Sykli
2017

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 Supermarket by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Supermarket
Siinai Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Fun but not funny, intense but not melodramatic, clean but not sterile, groundbreaking by enhancing what everybody else overlooked of the synth wave sound and renewing its natural thrill without rippin´ off no one.

Poetic without a single word spoken nor pastorale cliches, focused yet free flowing, retro yet modern, intelligent without bragging, heartfelt yet detached, varied without expendable tracks nor fillers & straight forward but non stop creative..

Siinai´s Supermarket (2014) an 8 track album, is the kind of 4 stars work that will be discovered 10 years from now and people might wonder why was it not praised enough in its time. The answer is simple, it is not pompous nor fashionable less unaccessible yet it is quiet far from the mainstream, (even the Prog one), market, which it silently mocks by the way.

It goes deep into an adventurous ride on each of its tracks with no kind of buffers or over the top solutions and it turns out quiet inviting and emotionally contagious

****

 Sykli by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.02 | 5 ratings

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Sykli
Siinai Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars As you know genre and style labeling is just a way of trying to keep order in a world naturally chaotic. Having say that don´t expect Krautrock as such which was like the closest sub-genre address Siinai´s musical language is closer to in the Prog world but on the outside lands this Finnish ensemble is tagged as a psychedelic/experimental/ambient/trance/electronic/drone/Krautrock band .

I myself keep them filed under my Electronic music catalogue and this work if anything is Progressive Electronic but still at walking distance from its current PA location. The kind of work which actually is (another) living proof that you can update and be part of the inevitable evolution of electronic music whithout plagiarazing nobody´s idioms.

Siinai´s Sykli (2017) a 5 track ("instrumental") album offers a very personal approach of what the Berlin School/Bay Area school and Krautrock should be sounding nowadays, without the untalented way of rehashing old formulas or "rediscovering" fashionable "new flanged" quirky musical solutions, not this work but opposite to that, it accomplishes its heights by pushing those same formulas outside their constantly abused comfort zones thus finding, via its music compositions, unplowed pathways where the grass is greener, uncut and quiet welcoming.

Each track delivers a creative, contemporary & original mood and a kind of conceptual take on a different electronic music style, adding up that their well recognizable musical language finds a renewed energetic feel which turns out to be refreshing, upfront and ultimately enticing as exciting .

Its weak spot (track 5), is not that because it is bad, mediocre or unimaginative, it is because its siblings are all just excellent.

****/*

 Sykli by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.02 | 5 ratings

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Sykli
Siinai Krautrock

Review by mitarai_panda

4 stars Siinai is a band from the krautrock genre in Finland, but the style is also close to post-rock, which means they are combined. The band released its first album in 2011 and released five albums until last year's Sykli. Their music has a complex, intensive architecture, but at the same time it is also minimalist, often using keyboards and synthesizers to create a psychedelic and space sense. Popol Vuh or Neu! is their source of inspiration. Last year's "Sykli" was filled with repetitive simple melody, but these melodies were overshadowed by the broad sense created by electronic music. Just like the black hole on the cover of the album, the listener's heart was attracted to the black hole. Excessive but nowhere. The opening Temppeli is a model, but the length of eight minutes is like a musical note. But afterwards, the tracks were dexterous and there were sudden changes. As the final guitar gradually became heavy, the music was warm and sweet, but the mysterious, quirky and supernatural feelings of krautrock were slightly lost, but it was still a good album. Four stars push it.
 Sykli by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.02 | 5 ratings

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Sykli
Siinai Krautrock

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars "Sykli" has been launched in 2017 as the newest album by a Finnish Krautrock star SIINAI. Their first album "Olympic Games" features sticky repetitive simple phrases flooded with electronics and sound of depth (my love), and sounds like this "Sykli" might follow in the similar vein, slightly added with more electronic sound treatment. Just like the appearance of the album sleeve pic, we would feel ourselves getting absorbed into the centre of the hole, Siinai inner world. Interesting in both visual and auditory manners.

The third track "Ananda" or the last "Europe" sounds more of psychedelic rock drenched in deep, heavy guitar riffs based upon strict rhythmic vibes, but contrary to that, the beginning shot "Tempperi" and the following titled one "Sykli" are exactly close to pure electronic. As especially for the latter one, we can find similar movement to Manuel G'ttsching's "Inventions For Electric Guitar" plus more dramatic, dreamy synthesizer-oriented soundscape. Not complicated nor dissonant but mysteriously heartwarming, mind-opening. Please get immersed in the core of their sound theatre.

 Olympic Games by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.75 | 7 ratings

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Olympic Games
Siinai Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The Olympic Games as your conceptual music composition assignment. Bring your best.

Many may be the reasons why Siinai chose this athletic concept, but let me skip on to where it matters, the music.

An 8 track release with all kind of epic cliches, new fresh ideas, some extraordinary sections and their according highlights.

SIINAI's "Olympic Games", 2011, is somewhat quiet diverse and not that tupsy-turvy psychedelic (nevertheless quiet experimental), as to fit the Krautrock tagging solely. There are close connections to the 70's and 80's synth/rock/pop era, as to more Progressive Electronic influences in the Berlin electronic music school's vein, as to the Post Rock/Math Rock's beat and guitar works.

But beyond these possible labelings, Siinai possesses a very personal focus and even from the start, (this their first release according to this page), a quiet defined musical language, which adds up a lot in this world of "sound-alikes".

What works out, works out perfectly, far from the Olympic's symbolism alone, which by the way, everyone who has witnessed this event has his own treasurable, unmemorable or indifferent thoughts about, therefore anyone can relate to the music without the Olympic Games's previous knowledge.

Some bronze, a bit more of silver and some real gold.

***3.5 PA stars.

 My Best Human Face (with Moonface) by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.14 | 3 ratings

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My Best Human Face (with Moonface)
Siinai Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "My Best Human Face", 2016 by Moonface & Siinai sets quiet clear the direction Moonface wants to lead his highly refined, yet subtly raw contemporary Rock/Krautrock/Krautpop language, which if by geographical situation precise could be named Finnish rock or Finnrock to cut it short.

So true to this principle, all compositions are vocal driven. Music composition wise their multitude of influences are quiet well absorved therefore they offer in return various unique forms of musical expression compressed into one.

In able to invite possible "enjoyers" of this release, I will throw out some names and then expect you to either become intrigued or oblivious.

Imagine a mixture between David Sylvian, The Cure, Roxy Music, The Clash, GAM, The Beloved, Nick Cave, The Waterboys and the strident spirit of early Krautrock bands, now shake well, filter and pour.

Although one may get the idea that such a blend might be unfriendly or unfocused, this band has, as I already mentioned, assimilated their personal influences up to the point of offering a fresh new Rock (underlining ROCK) language with the unmistakable Moonface's romantic/political focus and highly emotional tones.

*** 3.5, on the rise , PA stars.

 Heartbreaking Bravery (with Moonface) by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Heartbreaking Bravery (with Moonface)
Siinai Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Amazing!

Turn back to the 80's at its best New Romantic synth- era, faithfully replayed and re-modeled into the 21st century with refined retro-electronics, with a keen and perfect balance between raw electronic experimentation and straight forward creative dance rock fast and slow rhythms and melodies.

The full of emotion/ emotionless voice of Moonface (Spencer Krug), may remind you of Gary Numan's, John Foxx's, Peter Murphy's, Robert Smith or even Bowie's apocalyptic love intonations , so re-visiting this doomsday's heartbreaking atmospheres feels so comfortable and then again fresh as new.

After all central europe and the UK sheltered the best of the 80's underground and above ground synth-wave movement's musicians, but then again not exactly from Finland and Siinai comes from Finland so expect "FinRock" to fit the KrautRock Prog-labeling.

Siinai's, 2012, "Heartbreaking Bravery" (with Moonface), is above all perfectly written song by song to the point where harvoring past 80's stylings is credible as it also feeds from other electronic names, so blending influences like Bowie, U2 , The Cure or Underworld with Ultravox or the early and later Depeche Mode, or the irreverent The B-52's or the shamefully forgotten The Beloved or the well known Bahaus makes sense.

Uplifting and downlifting 80's synth/styles at its best.

****4 PA stars.

 Supermarket by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Supermarket
Siinai Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Krautrock from Finland eh? Want to hear something else that's rather strange? This is a concept album about shopping in a supermarket. Or as the band puts it... "A soundtrack for the supermarket nations". Haha, okay i'll bite. This is my first taste of this band and I was left with a lot of positive impressions. The music reminded me at times of LA DUSSELDORF, HARMONIA and NEU! and at other times we get a lot of electronic beats mixed in with some heavy atmospheric sections. A pretty cool album overall.

"En-Trance" makes me laugh because how many of you have walked into a supermarket with all of those bright lights while being arm in arm with Buddha, yeah me too. And the title suggests that to me as we begin our shopping experience. What an opening sound as we get these powerful, dark and pulsating electronic waves as other spacey sounds join in. From the sounds of this i'm guessing we are very paranoid and stoned as we enter our destination. "Shopping Trance" has these pulsating electronic sounds with drums and bass as spacey sounds explode over top throughout. A change after 6 1/2 minutes as the beats stop briefly but then it kicks back in quickly. A strange trumpet experience is next before 7 1/2 minutes then it winds down to the end. "AEIOUYAO" sounds like a normal song almost including male vocals in the background. This one reminds me of the German bands I mentioned in the intro. Female vocals before 2 minutes and it's very uplifting before 3 minutes.

"Jonotus/Queue" has atmosphere to it that is so powerful I feel like I need to hang on to something tight. Like a thousand mellotron choirs flooding the soundscape. And it stays this way throughout! Clearly we are having one of those freaky moments in the supermarket. "Prisma" has this deep atmosphere to it that pulses as a relaxed beat joins in and this swirling sound. "Smiling Cashier" means we are near the end of our shopping experience. Deep drum and bass sounds with background synths to start and this strange sound like a dog barking but it's processed and in slow motion. What was that? It's back again after 2 1/2 minutes. Hey maybe it's the cashier talking to us and this is what we are hearing 'cause we are ripped. Spacey synths dominate later, some piano on this one as well. "Vasikka" has these swelling synths, an electronic beat, drums and more in this fairly energetic piece. So much going on here. "Exit" says it all doesn't it? The synths bring HARMONIA, NEU! and La DUSSELDORF to mind as we get a plodding beat and even female vocal melodies at one point.

I really enjoyed this record, these guys are clearly influenced by the Krautrock scene and i'll be checking out at least one of their earlier albums if not both in the future. Great album!

 Supermarket by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Supermarket
Siinai Krautrock

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

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!

 Heartbreaking Bravery (with Moonface) by SIINAI album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Heartbreaking Bravery (with Moonface)
Siinai Krautrock

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars SIINAI is a Finnish instrumental group. The Krautrock category perhaps fits stylistically for their debut album Olympic Games (though personally I'd prefer to have "Krautrock" only as a historical term concerning German music). This second album is completely a different case. On the cover the performer is marked as "Moonface with Siinai", not the other way round, but since Siinai is responsible of most of the composing and playing (the singing and lyrics are Moonface's, naturally), the inclusion of this collaboration shouldn't be against any standards. Moonface is the Canadian indie rocker Spencer Krug, also known from Wolf Parade. He wasn't familiar to me.

The album starts with a slow-tempo title track which immediately proves how perfectly the two musical entities click together. The band sound is bright and elegant, featuring some elements of Ambient, Post-rock and Dream Pop, with a solid rhythm. And on top of it, cool, economic lyrics sung by an impressive voice somewhere between DAVID BOWIE and JOHN CALE. 'Yesterday's Fire' increases tempo and is rockier in general, but also in it the spacey piano chords stick out nicely from the sound. 'Shitty City' with its energetic percussion pattern has a feel of a U2-like pop anthem. Overall there's plenty of the early 80's synth pop aesthetics in this album, but in a pleasant way.

On my first listening I got a strong association towards the Berlin era (Brian Eno collaborating) David Bowie, albums like Low and "Heroes". For Krug's voice and the Ambientish brightness in the soundscapes this isn't a bad reference at all, but for the songs themselves there isn't much similarities I guess. The special sonic atmosphere is very essential in the best songs such as the opener and 'Quickfire, I Tried'. It's easy to imagine how boringly monotonous these songs would be if performed by a middle-of-the-road rock group.

The only instrumental, '10,000 Scorpions', is a 2-minute sonic experiment that brings me submarinal inner images - and to you possibly something else. It's seamlessly followed by a song in which the album's somewhat alienated and SciFi-like atmosphere is strong. A minimalistic approach is taken further by 'Headed for the Door' that at first contains only a drum beat and a synth carpet. It grows passionately, featuring also a letter reading ("Dear Sarah, I heard that you've grown into a goth..."). The closing track is another majestic and elegant slow-tempo song full of emotion. If you like synth-oriented art pop of e.g. JAPAN / DAVID SYLVIAN, certain albums of DAVID BOWIE, TALK TALK etc, I'm sure you enjoy this unique collaboration. Not prog, but an excellent addition to a many-sided rock music collection.

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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