David Helpling — Between Green and Blue
(Spotted Peccary SPM-0801, 1996, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01
The dreamlike textures and flowing moods offered on Between Green and Blue give this a slightly different feel than many of the SPM releases before it. There is a lot of territory explored herein, minding a variety that tends to keep an album of this type interesting over the duration. Helpling uses synths, electronics, and ambient guitar, along with programmed percussion samples on some of the tracks, with a guest providing fretless bass, plus some wordless vocals on the opening track. Each track contrasts nicely with those around it, alternating between percussive and melodic explorations, as well as ambient pieces. The emphasis throughout is more purely electronic, with delicate melodic interplay and carefully shaded effects; not the large scale symphonics of the John Flomer or Jenkins / Lackey releases — Helpling's style is more subtle and atmospheric, each track leading to the next like scenes in a dream. Some readers may be concerned about the use of programmed percussion, but in the context of this electronic based style it sounds completely appropriate and rarely obtrusive. In all, a solid release that covers a lot of ground.
Related artist(s): David Helpling
There's No Time Like the Present – The Belgian band Present has been one of the best avant-rock bands in the world since its formation in 1979. Over the years since then, Present has released nine amazing albums, and now they're ready to start work on number ten. They're looking for some financial help from their fans around the world. » Read more
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more