Late in 2014, Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith, and Lotti Benardout – better known as HÆLOS – released “Dust”, a sultry electronic-ambient single that caught the attention of thousands of listeners. Among them was influential BBC 1 radio host Zach Lowe, who included the trio on his “Next Hype”. Shortly after the unsolicited promotion, HÆLOS was signed by indie label giant Matador Records, who this year alone has helped produce and distribute records by Sleater-Kinney, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, and The New Pornographers.
Fresh off signing with Matador, HÆLOS will release their debut EP, Earth Not Above. The four-track compilation personifies the trio’s name and album title – otherwordly and existential. The title track is founded in dub-step and garage to create a shattering sound, especially in the song’s latter half. “Breathe” maintains the trip-hop direction with its scintillating dabbling beats echoing of Massive Attack. “Ethyr”, meanwhile, goes in a dreamy, synth direction reminiscent of M83.
Although “Earth Not Above” was the first single released for the record, it is “Cloud Nine” that steals the show. The song is a like a great book, capturing your attention immediately with the scurrying duo vocals of Delaney and Benardout and maintaining it with a change in tone. It then builds to its ethereal climax with Benardout’s lush voice bringing the song to its final destination.
Speaking of destinations, HÆLOS will be performing at a number of festivals across Europe. Dates are below.
Earth Not Above arrives tomorrow (Tuesday, June 2) on Matador Records.
HÆLOS Tour Dates
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