Londoner Luke Younger-- with his duo, Birds of Delay, and label, Alter Stock-- has been haunting the weirdo circuit for a decade now, but the hi-fi drone of his Helm project sounds nothing but fresh. It's an often occultish, precise type of ambient peddled by film-buff cohorts Haxan Cloak and Slant Azymuth (Demdike Stare plus Andy Votel of Finders Keepers). Likewise, "Miniatures" is also all tied up in the talkies-- this track was commissioned by Australia-via-London filmmaker Pia Borg, even though Younger had to depend mostly what he'd been told about the project. In his own words "there is a lot of room to fuck up when interpreting someone's visual ideas you've never seen through sound." As is always the case, the best imageless scores are less about the aural accompiment than the lush worlds the music crafts, here through computerized seagull cries and reverb that seems to resonate through some infinite hallway.
Helm's Impossible Symmetry is out today on PAN.