HÆLOS have shared the ‘Kyoto’, the first single taken from their sophomore record ‘Any Random Kindness’, out May 10 via Infectious.
‘Any Random Kindness’ examines the search for connection in an increasingly fractured world.
It’s the follow up to 2016’s intricately-layered, trip hop-influenced ‘Full Circle’, a debut album “that both cements them in a genre and leaves them room to grow” (Pitchfork). In conjunction with the album announcement, HÆLOS share the accompanying video for their new single.
Listen to ‘Kyoto’ by HÆLOS on the Shoot Music New Releases Playlist on Spotify.
The first full album cycle for HÆLOS was a baptism of fire, and the year-long creation of ‘Any Random Kindness’ pushed them to the edge and back again.
On winding up the Full Circle tour in January 2017, the trio of Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney and Dom Goldsmith returned to London and immediately installed touring guitarist Daniel Vildósola as a full-time member of the band. His classical background and technical prowess brought a new level of musicality and equilibrium to the band.
For ‘Any Random Kindness’, the band reassessed their creative approach, conducting songwriting experiments – writing a song an hour or finishing a track and then stripping it down and completely re-doing it.
Delaney returned to writing on acoustic guitar, while Goldsmith retreated into his love of dance music and the minimal techno of Ricardo Villalobos.