Today London-based electronic quartet HÆLOS release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Any Random Kindness via Infectious, which includes previously released tracks: “tender and atmospheric” (The Line of Best Fit) ‘Another Universe’, “piece of pop euphoria” (Clash) ‘End of the World Party’,“anxious and melancholic” (Stereogum) ‘Boy / Girl’, ‘Kyoto’, and ‘Buried in The Sand’. The follow up to 2016’s trip hop-influenced Full Circle, Any Random Kindness examines the search for connection in an increasingly fractured world.
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Throughout Any Random Kindness, HÆLOS reflect upon the current state of the modern world, combining organic instrumentation with modular electronica to reflect the colliding nature of technology and humanity, looming climate change, and corrupt politics. “We pushed each other to a far more vulnerable and exposed place on this record,” says Benardout. “By making space for individual voices we were able to explore an intimacy and closeness that we hadn’t found before.” The album was produced by Dom Goldsmith and recorded in a variety of locations—from Benardout’s basement and Delaney’s house to a studio in the English countryside, miles away from their city digs.
Any Random Kindness is an astoundingly textured record and a huge leap forward for HÆLOS’ band members Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith and Daniel Vildósola. The shivering, gorgeous atmospheres conjured on the album are more warm-blooded and varied than ever, the result of a new approach to live instrumentation the band took in-studio. Even though the latter part of creating the record was especially intense, a newly developed HÆLOS emerged, one with optimistic perceptions of each other and a fresh, dance-floor oriented sound.
Ahead of their sold-out headline show at EarTH in Hackney, HÆLOS have also announced a 13 date UK & European tour in October, following performances at Rough Trade East, The Great Escape and Field Day festivals. Tickets are available to buy at http://haelos.com/.