Haelos - Full Circle - 2016 Downtempo Trip-Hop Synth-Pop LP
Haelos - Full Circle
Label: Matador OLE-1084-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country: UK, Europe & US
Released: 16 Mar 2016
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Funk / Soul
Style: Electro, Synth-pop
A1 Intro / Spectrum
A4 Full Circle
A5 Earth Not Above
B2 Separate Lives
B4 Cloud Nine
B5 Pale 4:28
New British experimental rock threesome Haelos' debut album, Full Circle, is loaded with synths and heavily influenced by '90s trip-hop group Portishead. Their EP, Earth Not Above, was released in 2015 and met with praise (some of the songs appear on Full Circle).
Full Circle starts out strong, opening with a cinematic intro that features Alan Watts' speech "The Spectrum of Love." Following Watts' voiceover, the vocals of Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith and Lotti Benardout break the barrier between the intro and "Pray," leaving little room to breathe before a hazy synth beat kicks in. "Dust" and "Full Circle" follow, both glowing songs that fit in well after a tantalizing build-up.
With "Pray" and "Full Circle," the trio's vocals work together with dark synths to create an irresistibly haunting effect that gives us a quick taste of what Haelos are capable of (Exclaim).