♫♪  Helen - “Violet”

Motorcycle” really revved up listeners early last month — nearly a year after the 7-inch tease — off [the newly-Kranky signed] Helen’s new album, The Original Faces (out Sept. 4). And, no shit: it literally (or sonically) harkens back to the hay-days of Dum Dum Girls’ 7-inches, Best Coast post-Pocahaunted tour, and the Vivian Girls’ artist-in-residency at Woodsist. So, but I just began my Friday with the entirety of The Original Faces, and it’s already racing for AOTY. There’s just nothing to it, seemingly. Like, they took the most fuzzed out, sun-burn sound and created a symphony of voice cascading above. Also, I didn’t just write that, because it’s all Helen’s influence in the moment. It’s also going to be like 91-degrees this weekend, so I’m going to put The Original Faces on tape tonight, bring it with me to West End 2 on Jones Beach tomorrow around 9AM (probably much earlier because fuck other New Yorkers), and will be hosting listening parties to it every two hours. Please join! In the mean time, scope the second Helen single “Violet” below, and pre-order The Original Faces NOW off Kranky via CD or LP. Peep:

• Kranky Records: http://www.kranky.net

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