Any Random Kindness

Hælos - Any Random Kindness
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #432 / 766
User Score
Based on 54 ratings
2019 Ratings: #375
May 10, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Infectious Music / Label
Trip Hop, Art Pop / Genres
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Cerebral yet soulful, Any Random Kindness strikes an ideal balance for Hælos, a significant step forward in their evolution.

The band's second album finds HÆLOS expanding on their core sound while reminding themselves and the listener of just why they are such an exciting and intriguing outfit.

Through seeking comfort in the analogue, HÆLOS are breaking rich, new ground.

The Line of Best Fit

Rich in texture and enveloping atmosphere, Any Random Kindness unfortunately lets its lyrical content fall to the wayside. While this gives more space to let the incredible soundscapes breathe, it also feels like the real emotional punch to back them up is lacking.

The firsr half of this album feels very sluggish to me which makes me had doubts about really liking this album

But holy shit the latter half just decided to fucking make up for it
Haelos has always been a bit of a mystery band to me, but after stumbling upon their 2020 singles quite by accident, I returned to this album. I needed to give this more attention than I did. The album starts out with a downtempo track in "Another Universe" that is very similar to the music on their debut. After that, things get interesting.

"Buried in the Sand" is still not dissimilar to their debut, but you can hear more complexity in the music than existed before, ... read more
I like the blend of influences a lot on this album- it's a pretty cool merging of house music, dream pop, and electronic. But there's really nothing special about the songwriting or production at all. I didn't hate it but likely won't return to it very often. Check it out only if you are interested in those genres I guess. The lightest of 6's.
Was very hooked and emotionally attached to their first record, however got very disappointed by the singles leading up to ARK. I ignored the album when it first came out and I regretted it a lot when I finally gave it a listen. ’Boy/Girl’ single grew on me so much that it simply became my favourite on the album. I still think that other singles are the worst part of the whole record, I started liking them though. This LP is a bit different comparing to their debut, their style is ... read more
The opening track had me thinking this album was going to be a lot different than it actually is. The ambience of Another Universe is beautiful, but the majority of the rest of this album is pretty bland indietronica. Also the beginning of the song Boy Girl sounds exactly like E.T. by Katy Perry.

Favourite Tracks:

Another Universe
Last One Out (Turn the Lights Off)

Least Favourite Tracks:

Buried in the Sand
Boy Girl

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Added on: February 17, 2019