HELMS ALEE

KEEP THIS BE THE WAY (SARGENT HOUSE)

HELMS ALEE - KEEP THIS BE THE WAY 151992
Format:
1 LP
Release:
19.08.2022
Label:
SARGENT HOUSE
Kat.-Nr.:
151992
Barcode:
0634457068513
CD Digipak w/ lyric booklet. Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket, lyric insert and download card. Keep This Be the Way is Helms Alee's sixth full-length and first new album in over 3 years.

Across the span of their first five studio albums, Seattle trio Helms Alee have consistently refined their signature sound-a blend of lilting siren songs, crushing thunder and sludge, and heady guitar pop filled with lush guitars and elaborate three-part vocal harmonies that reach widely across various subgenres of the heavy music world.

On this latest album they expand their palette by delving into the production possibilities afforded by recording the album themselves, creating their most dynamic and technicoloured work to date..

Keep This Be the Way still very much sounds like a Helms Alee record, but it's their first album that diverts from the faithful recreation of their live sound and delves into a vibrant tapestry of surreal sounds and invented spaces.

This new approach is immediately evident on first single "See Sights Smell Smells," where reverse cymbal crashes, fragmented piano, layered drums, woozy drones, saxophone freak-outs, and trippy vocal treatments transport the listener to an altered state of exhilarated anticipation.

The pendulum swings towards more adventurous and exploratory sounds on songs like "Tripping Up the Stairs", it's nightmarish synth glides pitted against distorted barrages steeped in classic Helms Alee timbre.

And therein lies the power of the Keep Us Be the Way: it reflects a period of change, ambiguity and perseverance through its fearless curiosity, cathartic rumble, and sublime beauty.

Helms Alee supporting Russian Circles on the upcoming EU Headline tour in April/May 2022.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. SEE SIGHTS SMELL SMELLS
  • 1.2. KEEP THIS BE THE WAY
  • 1.3. HOW PARTY DO YOU HARD?
  • 1.4. TRIPPING UP THE STAIRS
  • 1.5. BIG LOUISE
  • 1.6. DO NOT EXPOSE TO THE BURNING SUN
  • 1.7. THE MIDDLE HALF
  • 1.8. MOUTH THINKER
  • 1.9. THREE CHEEKS TO THE WIND
  • 1.10. GUTS FOR BRAINS