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  • helm- impasse – low point

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    Helm is the solo project of Luke Younger, one half of the London/Berlin
    noise duo Birds of Delay and guitarist for avant-weirdos Spin Spin The
    Dogs.

    Drawing equally upon noise and ambient elements, the music on Impasse
    illustrates Younger’s continuing development within the field of
    experimental electronics and drone composition. Utilising synths, feedback
    systems and effects, these two long-form tracks offer a dense mixture of
    blistering yet melodic walls of sound.

    3″cdr packaged in a white mini-dvd style case with colour wrap-around artwork. Ltd edition of 80 copies.
    -low point


  • helm – impasse – new images

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    Impasse is a sideways journey into the archives of London based artist Luke Younger, aka Helm. Originally conceived six years ago in the wake of a Birds of Delay tour, an edited version of Impasse saw the light of day as a mini cdr on the Low Point label in 2008. This expanded re-issue has the two original tracks remastered along with two other pieces from the same sessions that remained unmixed and unreleased until a couple of years ago. Impasse is somewhat of an anomaly in the Helm canon when put alongside recent live performances and his work for labels like PAN and Kye. Where these explore the mystery inherent in obscure / everyday sounds, acoustic phenomena and mutated rhythm that results in an unusual urban experience, Impasse is significantly brighter in tone. Consisting of 4 loop based pieces the record moves into more fantastic worlds as electronics rise to the occasion, evoking similar atmospheres found in the work of Terry Riley and Boyd Rice’s early ambient works. Picture a functional family vacation, an explorer at the apex of his endeavours, a 4am drinking session with new liquids discovered. Bright corners, euphoric angles and ecstatic drones all appear in an emotionally charged high that reflects these unique moments in the human experience. The beauty of Helm lies in its implacable curiosity, the way his music observes the state of current being without sliding into the pitfalls of the general milieu. Impasse is another sublime offering from one of the UK’s sharpest cats.

    Limited edition LP with artwork by Graham Lambkin. Tracks remastered by Jaques Beleoil.


  • helm – last journey to her altar – sick head

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    “Last Journey To Her Altar” is a 40 minute trip of heavy space-warp drone from Luke Younger of Birds of Delay.
    -sh


  • birds of delay – a living room at the bottom of a lake – nashazphone

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    “Birds Of Delay is a Leeds duo whose first half lives in London (and loves Whitehouse and Rush) and the other in Berlin (and loves Farley Jackmaster Funk). With several releases on labels such as Chocolate Monk, American Tapes, Troniks, Hospital Productions, or their own: Alcoholic Narcolepsy, Luke and Steven have been crafting and sculpting their psychedelic-electronic-noise-drone sound for over half a decade. But who cares and what does that sound description mean anyway? If you ask them, they’ll simply tell you A Living Room At The Bottom Of A Lake is a projection into a TOTAL RAINBOW BLISS zone! Edition of 240 copies.”


  • helm – impossible symmetry – pan

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    Impossible Symmetry is the third full length record by Helm, the project of London based artist Luke Younger. It marks a new chapter in the artists’ canon as it’s his first to be informed by live performance rather than studio experimentation. The recording and engineering was primarily a solo venture, with some technical assistance from John Hannon on a few tracks. Most of the compositions were created out of ideas / improvisations that were conceived in a live context and then fed back into the studio work. The album was recorded over the duration of a year in London with source material culled from acoustic sound sources in a similar methodology to his previous album ‘Cryptography’, whilst also simultaneously incorporating more extensive use of electronic elements and moments of rhythmic dark ambience recalling the outputs from early Coil and Cabaret Voltaire to even Traversable Wormhole’s industrial minimalism.

    Helm is Luke Younger – a sound artist and experimental musician based in London, working with a vast array of revolving instrumentation and abstract sound sources. Younger’s compositions build a dense aural landscape that touches on musique concrete, uncomfortable sound poetry, noise, and hallucinatory drones. His most last LP Cryptography, presented a five-part suite of expertly rendered electro-acoustic study which uses processed piano, Casio MT-40, cymbal and broken guitar strings. Younger creates a world where these instruments morph into spectral rust, a shimmering klang swims alongside passive noise and the relationship between acoustic and electronic derived sounds forms a solid foundation. This sound is steered through a melange of fringe territories: glacial drone meditations, reconfigured gamelan clusters, and howling walls of organized feedback, all coalesced in a post-industrial fashion with a commitment to homemade exploratory zeal. For the past ten years, Younger has also performed extensively in Europe and the US with Steven Warwick as pioneering avant-drone duo Birds of Delay.

    The LP is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g vinyl and comes in a poly-lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silkscreened pvc sleeve with photos by Traianos Pakioufakis & artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.


  • helm – to an end – peasant magik

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    LP Edition of 300

    Co-released with Alter. “‘To An End’ is the debut solo album from London, UK’s Luke Younger (also known as 1/2 of Birds of Delay). The album is comprised of an extremely complex network of intricate layers and mixed sounds. A haunting composition of field recordings, tape loops, percussion, and electronics (among other things) create an extremely tense and daunting audio tapestry which leaves the listener pondering the intense meaning of the sounds chosen. Repeated themes arrive suddenly and then shift into new passages seamlessly creating a surreal environment of confusion and alienation. All of the carefully mixed and slow morphing passages are balanced by surgical editing technique (while leaving the tired “cut-up” techniques behind.) While the albums first piece has many properties of concrete and sound poetry reminiscent of the work of Charles Amirkhanian or Bengt Hambraeus, it does not confine itself to these genre of these works. On the albums flipside, field recordings and mysterious tape audio swell in and out of the mix, gone before you can fully realize it was ever there. Soft washes of white noise float delicately on the surface of an infinite curious hum. A sense of unease simultaneously locks in with an aura of beauty, both worlds comprimising to share a space with each other in an extended phantom tone. The long excursion into a wash of calm tone could float away forever, its as profound as the discovery of pure silence or the sound of a massive skyscraper collapsing to the ground. It’s not about it’s size, it’s about the overbearing weight, which this album carries loads of.”
    – John Elliott