Hèloïse LP
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Hèloïse Cassette
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Hèloïse

"...Threaded with hot laser, and spun by kinetic fuzz..." — Stadiums & Shrines

"...Lennon is certainly sacred territory, and staying too true to his arrangements in a cover is almost guaranteed to underwhelm, which is what makes this variation from rising artist Noah Wall so unique. It acts more as an anti-cover, spiraling the existing framework and lyrical ideas into an entirely different headspace. And its accompanying memory tunnel visuals officially declare this one something all its own..." — Heavy 


"...The moments are chosen carefully, the synths placed perfectly and everything, may I repeat, everything is aligned in an architectural manor that cannot be ignored. It’s hard to dance to a dance beat that’s this deadly serious..." — Dingus

"...Everything about the sound of Hèloïse unfolds from the centrality of Noah Wall's voice, whether it's new wave disco or simpler pop being treated to his almost maximalist production. Though that same centrality tends to lend the album a melancholic edge, the sensation is in no way inescapable. These songs are an homage - to Noah's mother, Hèloïse Wall - and their emotional significance unfolds in a more spectacular array of color and energy than conventional albums..." — Decoder

"...The music here is deconstructed and reassembled in unexpected ways, taking songs that in their unaltered form would be instantly recognizable to most, but through Wall’s deft touch are reborn as something new. There’s a wonderfully forlorn monotony to most of the voices on Hèloïse. It does not come from laziness or lack of effort, but it reads as an attempt to put on a brave face, to try and keep the heavy emotions obviously at work here in check as much as possible. In conjunction with the lush arrangements (see Public Dancer especially), the dichotomy is beautifully dizzying. There’s practically a tug of war taking place within the confines of Hèloïse and experiencing it from the outside, as a listener, is powerful. This is music that exudes shaded, but still positive energy. Wall’s homage is an intensely personal journey but by bringing the public along for the ride it becomes something more, bigger..." — Isolatarium

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Credits

Released September, 1 2011
Digital release — Dracula Horse
Cassette release — Crash Symbols
LP release — Self released!

For my mom, Hèloïse Betts Wall 
Bill Gillim sings with me on Public Dancer
Jonathan Matthews plays bass on Plussy Bo La
Mastered by Joe Lambert
Drawing by my dad, James Wall
All music, except where noted, written and recorded by Noah Wall

Lyrics on Mind Games adapted from Mind Games by John Lennon
Lyrics on In C(anada) adapted from The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, by The Band
Lyrics on 4AR adapted from Reason to Believe by Tim Hardin
Lyrics and music on Public Dancer sampled/adapted from What's Love Got to Do with It by Tina Turner
Lyrics on Snowfax adapted from Snow by Jessie Winchester


Related

Mind Games video, directed by Carlos Charlie Perez

In C(anada) video, by Daniel Brantley

Blue Station video, by Noah Wall (footage from Hud)

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