Finnish band S I I N A I, are a group for whom information is low on the ground, other than a music video and a blog back dropped by the Olympic rings and a hastily drawn triangle, there isn’t much to know about them. After listening to Olympic Games, they’re either off their rockers or a hell of a lot smarter than I am.

The record begins with ‘Anthem Part 1 & 2’, five minutes of slow tension building ensues, before crashing down almost slow motion like into a mixture of thudding bass and an understated melody. All the while in the accompanying video characters sit around a big eye with other goings on, such as a near naked man approaching a gentleman with an amazing hat, sat on a chair with goats as arms – a must see. ‘Anthem 3’ does the tension building thing well too, with a Gregorian like chant that almost hums, while a barely audible piano plays in the background as you wait to hear what it mutates too over the tracks 7 1/2 minute length. Disappointingly, nothing happens, as the track follows its current form throughout.

There is a slight change in pace with ‘Marathon’, starting much more positively with an indie/pop theme as the focus. A solid drumbeat and synthesizers construct the playful rhythm accompanied by more chant like vocals. Though I can’t help but feel that it sounds much like an interlude, or something entertaining to perform live. ‘Mt. Olympos’ begins in the same vein as the rest of the album, but this time, has the inclusion of a Tron like melody that instantly catches the ear as you’re probably beginning to wander at this point. Sadly, you’ll be sorry you perked up again, as the same melody plays over and over, failing to unravel.

The rest of the record contains a lost excerpt in time with a 70s like drug fuelled jamming session on ‘Munich 1972’, with its acid induced guitar screeches and soothing bassline. While on ‘Victory’, it’s a much more subtle affair before jumping into massive fanfare. Finishing with the suitably titled, ‘Finish Line’, which creates images of the end credits rolling up the screen.

With Olympic Games, S I I N A I have created an album that at first, made me think that they were rather one dimensional, but their use of imagery is hugely stimulating for the eyes. Their adeptness at creating pieces of music that builds tension, almost creating images inside your mind, makes me lean towards the opinion that this is an artist perfect for creating music for the moving image.