Helios
Moiety


2.5
average

Review

by Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2012 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beauty is boring.

I think it’s evident now that Keith Kenniff, the man behind Helios, is rather good at making beautiful music. Since his debut in 2004 he has consistently sculpted the kind of distilled, crystalline ambience that quietly refuses to be attached to any particular emotion. Indeed, this purity has been the defining factor in separating him from any like-minded contemporaries. There are no fractured shifts of confusion here; nor pitiful wails; and apart from a predominant strain of optimism there are rarely any outstandingly happy moments either. It’s unburdened serenity, and in the past eight years he has not faltered from this peaceful, detached vision. One could easily argue that it’s this weight of humanity that matters, sure, but so far it seems that Helios has managed fine, regardless. Whichever way you look at it, Moiety offers more of what we have come to expect. Except it feels just that little bit too detached; too lifeless.

With its familiar swells of ambience topped off with muted piano, Moiety remains quite transparent in its approach. Little is left to the imagination, even after the very first listen, and whilst the subtle flickers in static lie in wait for listeners more patient, there’s no surprise lying in wait or slow unveiling of truth. It’s a little by-the-numbers and even, dare I say it, slightly dull - in vision at least - but this has never really prevented Helios’ previous works from succeeding. In fact, their ability to hold your attention even by fairly conventional means was one of their most surprising strengths; begging the question: “Why doesn’t this?”

Perhaps nothing has changed and Helios has simply produced music in the same strain for just long enough to get on the nerves of a reviewer made cynical with repetition? Or maybe, and rather more likely, Moiety is simply so purified that it’s lost any form of personality it may otherwise have had. In short, it’s sterile; an estate agent’s show room: perfect if not for the fact it hasn’t been lived in. It’s always been a key motif for me that an album can never truly succeed unless it leaves some emotional sediment in its wake, otherwise the most beautiful sounds in the world can wash over us but ultimately leave us unchanged. Never is this more true than with Moiety. It’s universally beautiful, but even so it fails to leave any kind of lasting impression.

As discussed previously, little saving grace can be found in the composition. If anything, in fact, Helios seems to have backed away from the lush depth of instrumentation that once made him such a treat to listen to. In its place is a palette of instruments and effects well-used by countless numbers of ambient and post-rock musicians alike. Likewise, the album remains stagnant in its duration: with most tracks lapsing into a limited spectrum, which is not especially surprising given his consistently restrained style. It’s sad to think that if Helios had not been so restrained then Moiety may have been a much more interesting album. That’s just the way it goes, I guess: beauty is boring.



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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Also posted here: http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

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A little shorter than usual, but you can imagine there isn't too much to talk about. Now I'm off to listen to some kick-ass hop-hop. Word.

macadoolahicky
May 3rd 2012


1835 Comments


Awesome review, stranger!

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

on a free album as well. I feel awful.

Adabelle
May 3rd 2012


4258 Comments


Eingya is the only thing of his I've heard and I really like it. I'll probably get around to listening to this sometime in the next 6 months haha.

Excellent review as well.

ThunderNeutral21
May 3rd 2012


3864 Comments


this guy is really really ok

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

and a ridiculous amount of good stuff has come out this year... not quite sure how I ended up reviewing this.

Oh well, I'll list 'em all up on saturday and hopefully give them some more exposure.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2012


31362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is really really good

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2012


31362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there are rarely any outstandingly happy moments either. It’s unburdened serenity,


This is a contradiction

One could easily argue that it’s this weight of humanity that matters


What humanity? You just said there was never any clear emotion here

In short, it’s sterile; an estate agent’s show room: perfect if not for the fact it hasn’t been lived in.


I like this

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ain't serenity different from happiness? I've always seen "calmness" and that line of expression as an absence of emotion. Though I see what you're saying, perhaps "happy" wasn't a separate enough word.

The humanity that's lacking. Again, could have been clearer.
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Also thanks, Silentpotato! ;)

alachlahol
May 4th 2012


7501 Comments


not sure how you can give this guy low ratings hes so innocent

alachlahol
May 4th 2012


7501 Comments


ive listened to this guy since before your testicles were real

Killerhit
May 4th 2012


5254 Comments


It's free

Photon
May 4th 2012


1292 Comments


Have to disagree with this review, this is really good.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Meh, think wacho want. I never pretend to be anything other than one opinion. Review it and give another side to it, if you want.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeh I'm in too good a mood at the moment to give that a go. Give me a couple of days and i'll have a crack at it.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

challenge accepted.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

*whimpers*

LoneWanderer
May 6th 2012


180 Comments


I've heard the first two songs of "Eingya"...and yeah it can get too serene sometimes..

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2012


31362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More like oh yeah serenity

TheGardener
May 8th 2012


150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eingya is freaking amazing. I refuse to believe that this is a 2.5



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