amiina, puzzle, released 2010 by amínamúsik
2) over and again
3) what are we waiting for?
5) in the sun
puzzle features amiina with two more band members, including a drummer; and rather than trample the delicate nature of their music (as I feared), the addition of drums adds depth and weight. Other than that, there are no real surprises here, which isn’t a bad thing. amiina does what they do very well, and their sound is so unique that their continued exploration of it is welcome; their focus seems like devotion rather than creative stasis.
puzzle doesn’t really hit its stride until “in the sun”; the first half is nice enough, but “over and again” and “what are we waiting for?” feature amiina’s singing a bit too prominently; their voices are better suited as additional instruments than as foreground. And the musical ideas in the second half seem richer and more worthy of meditational repetition.
Short answer: if you like amiina, you’ll like puzzle.