Track Review: HÆLOS “The Sun Rising” (The Beloved Cover)

homepage_large.bcbe3d75(Crossposted from Pitchfork, 7/10/2015)

Listen up—1998 is calling. (Or is it paging?) A young trio of London trip-hop aficionados, HÆLOS continue Britain’s legacy of creepy electro-pop, tiptoeing coolly into the airwaves like Massive Attack’s enigmatic kid sister. Following last month’s debut EP, Earth Not Above, the group decided to put their own spin on the Beloved’s 1989 hit, “The Sun Rising”.

Where the original acid house version elicits late-night images of sweltering warehouse raves, HÆLOS’ downtempo take speaks to the quiet of the dawn; the brutal glare of the light when it hits the heavy eyelids of the 24-hour party people. Just as in the original, HÆLOS sample the pious vocal leaps of Emily van Evera, member of the UK chamber choir Gothic Voices. A siren groans lazily in the distance, as if to rally the people out of the shadows. “Movement outside/ Silence inside,” whispers HÆLOS’ Lotti Benardout, her silken voice reclining serenely against a classic breakbeat. “Restless lovers spread your wings/ As the day begins.”

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