HÆLOS – the London-based band comprised of Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith, and Daniel Vildósola – share “Boy / Girl” from their sophomore album Any Random Kindness, out May 10th via Infectious. Following the previously released ‘Kyoto’ and “percussive, house-inflicted” (FADER) ‘Buried in the Sand’, ‘Boy / Girl’ is a brooding examination of technology’s role in modern relationships, featuring undulated beats and dark synths. “Boy / Girl was one of the first songs we finished writing for Any Random Kindness. It’s about the breakdown of a relationship in the digital age and a retreat into the comforts of technology. A conversation between a boy and a girl filled with all the feelings of sadness and frustration at their inability to connect.”
The follow up to 2016’s trip hop-influenced Full Circle, Any Random Kindness examines the search for connection in an increasingly fractured world. Throughout, HÆLOS refer to different facets that affect the modern world, combining organic instrumentation with modular electronica to reflect the colliding nature of technology and humanity, the looming climate change, and corrupt politics.
The album was recorded at Baltic Studios in East London and at their home studio, and was produced by Dom Goldsmith. For Any Random Kindness, HÆLOS reassessed their creative approach, conducting songwriting experiments and returning to previous interests – Delaney wrote on acoustic guitar and Goldsmith retreated into his love of Perlon inluenced minimal techno. Even though the latter part of creating the record was especially intense, a newly developed HÆLOS emerged, one with optimistic perceptions of each other and a fresh, dance-floor oriented sound. “We pushed each other to a far more vulnerable and exposed place on this record,” says Benardout. “By making space for individual voices we were able to explore an intimacy and closeness that we hadn’t found before.”
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Kyoto is taken from HÆLOS’ upcoming album ‘Any Random Kindness’. Released: May 10 2019.
At last, Buried In The Sand by HÆLOS is out now: Buy or Stream: https://Haelos.lnk.to/BITSID
For their darkly shaded and radiant debut album Full Circle, HAELOS have found their blues where others go to find pure, uncut joy: the dancefloor.
Throughout the album, HÆLOS reconstruct the firmament of dance sounds past and present to construct an exquisitely elegiac mood that retains a sense of presence as it conveys the pain of emotional distance. Every moment of uneasy reflection is matched by quiet explosions
It’s only been a month since The Baeble Bounce House took over SXSW, but the wait to get the newest concert captured on that glorious afternoon has been excruciating. Baeble’s been excited about UK synth-poppers HAELOS; since the moment they crashed our shores early this year with their dark, atmospheric swirls of synth noise and hard-hitting, anthemic vocals. It’s a Florence + the Machine by way of Echo; the Bunnymen kind of sound that is like little else we’re getting in 2016, and when they brought their moody vibes to The Bounce House (on the release day of their spectacular debut, Full Circle, no less!), it was clear that HAELOS have a hell of a future ahead of them.
Watch the dark, UK outfit HAELOS seduce The Baeble Bounce House with some seriously mesmerizing, synth-vibes now on the Baeble site in stunning 4K or via the Baeble Music app. To learn more about HAELOS, visit: http://haelos.com/
Here’s another great single from HÆLOS forthcoming debut album ‘Full Circle’, out March 18th and available for pre-order here. The LP will probably be the best album of the year. Video directed by Arthur Delaney.
KEXP presents HÆLOS performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded January 28, 2016.
Earth Not Above
FULL CIRCLE Tracklisting:
04. Full Circle
05. Earth Not Above
08. Separate Lives
10. Cloud Nine
London based trio HÆLOS are back with another excellent song, the upbeat but melancholic Massive Attack-like “Pray”, taken from their upcoming debut full length on Matador Records. Below you can watch the accompanying video (Act II) directed by Jesse John Jenkins, along with the video (Act III) for 2014’s “Dust”, also directed by Jenkins (watch Act I here).
London based three-piece HÆLOS have shared the official video of “Earth Not Above”, the title track of their excellent debut EP, out now on Matador Records. Get it here and press play on more mesmerising electronic pop sounds from Hælos here: https://soundcloud.com/haelos.
Below you can also stream the beautiful ‘The Beloved’ cover, “The Sun Rising”.