Thursday, September 19, 2019

Helu "Varisema"

Country: Australia
Genre(s): Instrumental Post/Progressive Rock
Label: Art As Catharsis
Format: digital
Release date: September 19, 2019
1. Varisema (35:02)

Evan McGregor : Drums
David Sattout : Guitar
Josh Ahearn : Bass

Unbridled, shapeshifting and hauntingly meditative, Varisema simmers with curiosity – begging the listener to ask ‘what comes next?’ as each instrument coils into new, unexpected shapes. The polish and finesse within the album mimics the talent levels of HELU's influences – bands such as Schnellertollermeier, Tortoise, Battles and The Necks – but given the instrumentation on Varisema, HELU establish themselves as a formidable instrumental act within their own right.
Varisema is, in many ways, a dedication to atmospherics. From the beginning of the track, a sense of quiet, darkness and a feeling of gentle lostness envelops the listener, generated by careful but precise bass and drum works. Each chord from Sattout’s guitar washes over the instrumentals with a wave of reverb, both setting a scene of tranquility while tightly wrapping the body of the song together. The further the track progresses, the more ambitious it becomes. Pinch harmonics and off-kilter riffworks dance between ethereal and ominous, playful and dark. The counterbalance and variety of elements ensures that every passing minute of the track becomes more engaging, more powerful and above all - more worthy of your attention as it progresses.


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