Helio is the 2nd release by Enrico Wuttke (based in Dresden, Germany) on Tomlab where he also published his wonderful debut Given You Nothing in early 2002, a little jewel, somewhere in between the musical wonderland of Wechsel Garland, Mark Hollis und yes – Eric Satie...
The titles are telling the story here and already the opener "How I trashed my knees" with its strange brass sections leads our way into his strangely grown cosmos, that builds, folds and unfolds in caleidoscopic ways. With his "Little Rodaché" und the great "Chime" Flim walks in a self secure, almost somnambule way through the fields of Elektronic Music, Postrock and Jazz.
Helio is a world of its own – similar to Given You Nothing, very impressionistic and introspective. But the forces that are operating here are much darker than the more childlike cast on the preceding album. With „For Fred“ Flim offers us a deep and powerful ending track that evokes intense feelings between Slint and Mogwai but remains very much different. Maybe similar to the unbelievably beautiful sightings of a supernova from a safe distance.
- How I Trashed My Knees
- Little Rodaché
- Is That Me?
- New Livingin
- Snow Behind My Chairs
- For Fred
- Hell II (CD only track)
"No question, Helio is all over the place, a serious departure from Flim's debut. It's inevitably less consistent, but the range of material here points to many potentially intriguing future records." Pitchforkmedia
"Helio is one of the more intriguing albums that you're likely to hear in 2003" Popmatters
"The album opens ominously and heavily, but quickly shuttles into a sort of lullaby that, by the end, will instill a pleasing calm." Splendid