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5.0 out of 5 stars
Transporting Tracks, 21 April 2010
'Helium' thoroughly deserves its reputation as as 'one of the best downtempo albums ever released.' It envelops you in a perfectly harmonised atmosphere that will make you forget the world around you, and every track offers you a totally different experience from the last. If you want to experience pure musical escapism, you can do no better than this.
The album's hit single, 'I Feel It,' takes you into a languid, relaxed space, with the light vocals of Clare Szembek echoing and gliding over the pared-down backing. Clare also features in 'So Beautiful,' another confessionary love song, in which she sings in an honest, direct style that cannot fail to touch the heartstrings. Although the lyrical content of these songs could be more daring, the very lack of poetical flourish makes them a more genuine psychological reflection.
The more heavily instrumental tracks are also absorbing, a particular highlight being 'Moon and Night,' a track with a slightly darker feel and a crunchy drumbeat running through it. The piano is used sparingly, whilst the electronics soar over the top of it, creating a series of crescendos like waves breaking on a shoreline. The album is oceanic in feeling - spacious and engulfing. A wonderful contrast of light and dark is created in 'Atlantic' by the combination of low-pitched piano notes acting as a base and the uptempo drumline. In fact, all the songs on the album are expertly mixed: no one element is out of balance.
Urban Myth Club has made an outstanding contribution to the world of music with their debut album, and can only deliver more in future.