HÆLOS (Photo by Dave Ma)
Editor’s Note: This show has been canceled entirely, the 9:30 Club announced on Monday, August 22.
Editors Note: Originally set for Monday, March 28, the concert by HÆLOS at U Street Music Hall has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.
With its minimalist electronics, airy vocals, and chilled-out tempo, “The Sun Rising” by UK duo The Beloved is a leisurely wonderful dance track that absolutely nails how new wave music might morph into house.
Already a brilliant song, it was ripe for covering by a band that could use it as a foundation upon which to build. Enter London trio HÆLOS, admirers of trip hop bands like Massive Attack and Portishead.
HÆLOS added some steady percussion, a trip hop hallmark, around the song’s electronics, and harmonized in forward vocals, a trip hop necessity, to lend their own flavor to the song. And to great effect!
Listen to HÆLOS cover “The Sun Rising” by The Beloved on Soundcloud:
Now Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney, and Dom Goldsmith are set to release their debut album, providing us with lush original music they call “the music you put on after the club.” It’s energy and euphoria mixed with memories, according to the band.
Dom, the main lyricist, takes on the drums; Arthur takes up the synths; Lori, Dom, and Arthur all sing. The results are heady, ascendant trip hop for introspective dancers who don’t want their hearts to stop beating quickly in the form of songs like the single “Separate Lives.” The band released a music video for this engaging, soaring number today!
Watch the official music video for “Separate Lives” by HÆLOS on YouTube:
HÆLOS will release that first album, Full Circle, on March 18 via Matador Records. And they are launching a US tour that leads them through SXSW in March and onto the Coachella Music Festival in April. The band stops locally at U Street Music Hall on Monday, March 28, as part of that tour, which is sure to be a uniquely awakening experience.
Tickets are available online.
U Street Music Hall
Monday, March 28