Helicon's new single 'Disobey' out now, 'God Intentions' out April 28th on Fuzz Club Records
Following the BBC 6 Music-supported single ‘Flume’, Glasgow outfit Helicon are today sharing ‘Disobey’, a piece of dreamy instrumental psychedelia lifted from their incoming ‘God Intentions’ LP. Due out April 28th on Fuzz Club, Helicon’s third studio album is their most ambitious album to date – the band bringing a group of collaborators into the fold for the first time, including the lush, cinematic string sections heard on ‘Disobey’. Out today, you can stream the new single below and pre-order the LP here.
Talking about ‘Disobey’, guitarist/vocalist John-Paul Hughes says: "It’s a reflective song, full of hope and yearning. Filled with shifting moods in the harmony, chords, rhythms, melody and Rhona MacFarlane's beautiful strings arrangement. We often write instrumentals as a way of allowing you to form your own interpretation of the music. So, it's over to you."
Arriving off the back of their 2020 ‘This Can Only Lead To Chaos’ album, ‘God Intentions’ was recorded at Dystopia, Glasgow with producers Luigi Pasquini and Jason Shaw, mastered by RIDE’s Mark Gardener and includes contributions from the Rhona MacFarlane String Quartet, Lavinia Blackwall (Trembling Bells), Mark O’Donnell (Tomorrow Syndicate), Sotho Houle (French avant-garde violinist) and Anna McCracken.
“‘God Intentions’ is inspired by my brother Gary's story and a few other influences. It's a journey through regret, redemption and resurrection. Our familiar darkness is there, but the record carries a fresh and uplifting positivity. I had a clear idea of how I wanted it to sound and feel long before it began. We're so pleased we achieved it. We managed to hold true to the idea whilst allowing the string quartet, Sotho, Lavinia, Anna, Mark, Jason, Luigi and other collaborators the space to put their mark on it. The album art, by San Francisco based collage artist Nina Theda Black, captures the depth and breadth of themes and sounds we brought together to create a kind of motion in your mind.”
Helicon have also announced an album release show at Glasgow’s Stereo on May 27. They’ll be performing ‘God Intentions’ in its entirety alongside special guests Rhona MacFarlane String Quartet, Mark O’Donnell, Anna McCracken and more. There will also be DJ sets from Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) and Holly Calder (Freakender) Tickets are on sale here.