Cam’s June Ears by twoducksdisco
July 3, 2009, 5:24 pm
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As mentioned in a previous entry about my ears (or essentially what I’d be listening to during a certain month), I name-dropped Helios with reference to a mix-CD that my brother supplied me with. Slowly but surely I’ve found myself becoming more and more reliant on a daily basis to listen to the sounds of this Portland (USA) based ambient guitar virtuoso. Now I can’t confess to knowing a lot about Helios (or Keith, as he’s known to his parents) but he makes slow creeping guitar-based music, which sound like excerpts from a gorgeous cinematic experience involving mountains, rolling fields, hazy mornings and outbursts of snow, cascading through a luscious yellow-tinted valley. The ‘Eingya’ LP comes highly recommended.

Now the name of this band initially put me off but if anything, this proves that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Well, there was no pun intended there but I purposefully wasn’t bothered by a band named The Books when I first came across them some years back. Images of some cack new-wave / indie-dance troupe popped into my head but in fact, I couldn’t have been further away from the truth. The Books are more akin to Fridge and Do Make Say Think maybe even UNKLE, in terms of forward-thinking electronic-rock music. A combination of samples, found objects and guitars are all spliced together to make something beautiful as well as constantly interesting and evolving.

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