BEST NEW SONGS: HÆLOS - KYOTO

2/1/19
Haelos - Kyoto

The buzz has been building since the October release of “Buried in the Sand,” and this week HÆLOS made it official, announcing their sophomore LP Any Random Kindness and releasing a brand new song, “Kyoto.”

The path to here from 2016’s debut Full Circle has been an unconventional one. The band took over a year to write and record ARK (as the kids will surely call it) and nearly broke up before they finally finished it.

There a number of threads and ideas that tie the album together. In the press release, the band said they focused on “the isolating nature of technology and social media, looming climate change, their relationships with each other, and corrupt politics.”

As far as “Kyoto” is concerned, it finds the band building on the foundations they’ve built while expanding on the horizons. The addition of touring guitarist Daniel Vildósola is already paying dividends. The song is intended as a statement against “politicians who prioritize economics above the environment.” With eerie piano chords and matching gloomy vocals, the track more than accomplish its intent.

And as if all this wasn’t enough, they also released a video for “Kyoto” directed by Oli Prout. Have a look.

 

HÆLOS - KYOTO

Any Random Kindness is due out May 10th via the good folks over at Infectious. Pre-orders are being taken now and a stateside tour for this spring has already be announced.

The season of HÆLOS is upon us. Venues and dates are below:

MAR 11-14 SXSW Music - Austin, Texas
MAR 16-17 Vive Latino 2019 - Mexico City
MAR 19 The Teragram Ballroom -Los Angeles, CA
MAR 20 The Independent - San Francisco, CA
MAR 22 Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
MAR 23 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
MAR 24 The Wise Hall & Lounge - Vancouver, BC, Canada
MAR 27 Fine Line - Minneapolis, MN
MAR 28 Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
MAR 29 A&R Music Bar - Columbus, OH
MAR 30  The Garrison - Toronto, Canada
APR 1 Bar Le Ritz PDB Montreal, Canada
APR 2 Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA
APR 5 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, New York

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