Expanding their scope on sophomore effort Any Random Kindness, U.K. electronic outfit Hælos took their early trip-hop revival sound and thawed the chill to reveal a lively, effervescent heart beating within. Hints of Moby's early-era house beats and the xx's atmospheric gloom remain, incorporating the spirits of Massive Attack and a little Underworld in the process (especially on "Boy/Girl").
Much of the press surrounding HÆLOS' 2016 debut album, Full Circle, harped on one prominent fact: Hey, these guys really like the 90's. To be sure, the record drew on multiple sources of inspiration from a decade ever further in the rearview yet remaining within view. However, far from derivative, the band managed to absorb its numerous inspirations and unleash them in a way that felt both reasonably fresh and timely to the moment.
Since HÆLOS' trip-hop infused debut LP 'Full Circle' they've gained a new member - guitarist Daniel Vildósola - and this new record reflects that growth. The group's sound has bloomed, drawing on a richer sonic pool to inject more texture and colour into their atmospheric soundscapes. Take the revelry of 'Empty Skies', for example, the urgency of Lotti Benardout's vocal matched by the track's beat; a euphoric, soaring experience.