Heligoland, Shift These Thoughts
If you’re not one of these people, you’re in for a treat.
The Melbourne-based Heligoland makes music that’s awash in emotion. Karen Vogt’s striking, ascending vocals glide above the band’s dramatic, yet simple guitar-drums-bass combo. The band works within a limited range of style, and it’s beautiful music that’s the goal here. Use of effects is subtle and often spare. Songs glitter about in your mind, the songwriting more concerned with exploration and mood than forward motion and development.
And though this is a fine arrangement that reaches lofty results, it is when the two intentions come together, on the track Flat Four [MP3], that Heligoland produces what is perhaps the most beautiful song by anybody so far this year. A strong key change, an extraordinarily simple break in mood and rhythm that swells your heart with splendor and clarity. That they’ve done it with such grace and aplomb is mind-blowing.
It’s that powerful.
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