Sydney based indie/pop wunderkinds Circle are an anomaly of the dreamiest pop proportions. What began as a one-man personal project (Radi Safi), has grown into a fully-fledged musical collective which has produced a string of critically praised albums, leading to comparisons with the likes of the Flaming Lips, Death Cab and Sufjan Stevens, just to name a few.
Since the band’s inception in 2004 under the original moniker Opanoni and the Raindrops, they have continued to delight audiences with their special blend of dreamy, intelligent indie-pop. Their first EP Stamps and Coins was the surprise hit of 2004, a rough but sweet mini-album which showcased what was to become the band’s signature style of quirky and catchy indie-pop.
The band followed up the success of Stamps and Coins with the 2006 release EGBDF. An intricate mix of 80s synths, obscure samples and indie rock arrangements, EGBDF is a richly layered soundscape which surprises the listener with hidden musical gems upon each subsequent listen. The album garnered praise for the band’s original sound and for singer/songwriter Safi, who received glowing reviews for his wistful vocals and thoughtful lyrics.
2008 saw them offering up Just Keep Swimming: their first full-length effort under their new name Circle, and reflects the continuing maturity of the group’s musical sound and then came Xmas Omas (2009) retaining all the unique samples, jangles and quirks which have become synonymous with the Circle sound. A concept mini-album of sorts, Xmas Omas saw the introduction of the chanteuse Iny, whose dreamy vocals added an array of trinkets to this musical charm bracelet.
Though the group has undergone a name change and some minor band member reshuffles, what remains constant is Circle’s commitment to producing well-crafted, intelligent and shamelessly beautiful indie-pop music.
Circle also work with and collaborate on several other musical side projects in Sydney including Ready for Roy, and Girl is the New Boy