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Heliotropes: A Constant Sea

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Released: June 18
Our Rating: 3/5
Spec Recs: “Mooonlite,” “Ribbons,” “Quatto” (formerly “Joy Unfolds”)
In One Word: Heavy

A Constant Sea, released June 18, is the debut album from Brooklyn‘s Heliotropes. The 12-track release blends elements of stoner rock, psychedelic, grunge and heavy metal. Opening track “Early in the Morning” dives right into the sludge with its cymbal slapping and buzzy drawl. The album continues in this direction, droning in its murk. Most of the tracks are lined with a disquieting feeling, and filled with snarling guitar riffs, powerful drum beats and lofty vocal harmonies.

It’s a heavy piece, save for four tracks. I’ll admit that I was resistant to the softer songs, such as “Everyone Else” and “Unadorned,” but the lightness in those pieces helps balance the album. The tracks suffice to thin out the thick and showcase the band’s versatility. Closing tracks “Awake” and “Christine” serve as album comedowns, gradually removing the heavy load from the listener.

Heliotropes is Jessica Numsuwankijkul (guitar, vox), Amber Myers (percussion, vox), Cici Harrison (drums), and Nya Abudu (bass).

The band has come a long way since its beginning: a Craigslist ad posted by Numsuwankijkul and Myers seeking Brooklyn artists interested in playing Brian Eno covers. In 2011, two years after its formation, Heliotropes released its first 7″ Ribbons, and digital releases of “The Dove” and “Moonlite.” Just a year later, the foursome joined Warpaint, Bat for Lashes, Sister Crayon and other indie outfits, when it signed with Los Angeles label Manimal Vinyl.

I’m sold on the potential of the band, especially if its music translates well on the stage. Fans can see Heliotropes live on June 29 at 4 Knots Music Festival in New York with White Lung, The Babies, Parquet Courts, The Men, Marnie Stern and more.

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