Monday, October 25, 2010
[thesodashop.wordpress.com] Today’s New Band To Burn One to brings us some very cool psychedelic grunge rock. The music is even a bit experimental. The band is Heliotropes and they are a 3 piece from Brooklyn, New York.
“Yum, dissonant rock straight out of the early ’90s. Where have these girls been all my life?? A: in Brooklyn.” - Feeslist
“About Brooklyn’s Heliotropes’s first EP I can only say that I check the f**king internet every half hour to see if they’ve released their first LP. These three tracks are an enrapturing and hypnotic mixture of the junkie folk-pop-environment… the radio-friendly girl-vocals and the massive sweeping riffs.”
Check out their Myspace for some tunes and if you like what you hear, download them for free form their Bandcamp page [link above].
The band's next show is with our personal favorites Weird Owl, Heavy Hands, and Pat Pat (WV) at The Charleston (Brooklyn) on 11/12. Extremely formal invitations to follow.
For a full review of their EP...
[chybuccasounds.com] To cross-reference musical genres is one thing. However, to create a new genre with your first output is brave and innovative. In the summer of 2008, the Brooklyn-based ensemble got together: “for the sole purpose of playing some Brian Eno songs with no synthesizer – just guitar, drums and a harmonium.”
Their expressive style has developed into a sound that they describe as “poppy doom.” If anything, it will be intriguing to see how record labels and mainstream music stations will try and market these guys when they hit the big time, and believe me, they will. However, for now, they are happy to let their music do the talking. ‘Early In The Morning’ is three minutes of down-tuned, heavily weighted riffs, that are accompanied by Jessica Numsuwankijkul’s haunting vocals. The vigorous, ear-shattering blast of feedback that carries the track to its conclusion draws on the pitch-bending, shoegazing style of My Bloody Valentine.
‘Holy Cross’, on the other hand, is nailed by the contribution of Bradley Nelson’s bass line that builds gradually, causing rumpus psychedelic freakouts.
While the previous two tracks focus on doom, ‘Valentine’ brings the poppy element. The addition of Anna Sale’s violin arrangement, casts a reflective shadow over the Heliotropes’ soundscape. This carefully crafted slice of nineties alternative rock draws the listener into another world, and its beauty leaves you simply breathless.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:39 PM