The Original Faces

Helen - The Original Faces
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2015 Ratings: #358 / 772
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2015 Ratings: #263
September 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kranky / Label
Dream Pop, Shoegaze / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

The Original Faces is not altogether different from that of listening to music in a foreign language; without the implicit pressure of having to decipher it, you listen from a relaxed, open place, where a strong twist of melody, suddenly, has just as much power as a well-crafted turn of phrase.


This new full-length goes further, shaping the emotional goop and debris of Grouper’s shuttered songs into pieces that start to resemble guitar-pop songs.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Sometimes you have a dream and it’s not bad. It’s not wish-fulfillment, but you feel more alive for having had it. The memory of the dream’s worth nothing, but you’ll chase the feeling all day. This album is a lot like that.

The Line of Best Fit
It’s a record that celebrates the wonder of sound, with deceptively intricately songs under a balmy haze of reverb that gets better with each listen.
The 405

It's nice to hear Harris pushing her otherwise ghostly music into lusher and sunnier places, but it doesn't prevent The Original Faces from feeling a little underdeveloped and like a missed opportunity by the band to take the kind of music they are making in more interesting directions.


Upon cursory listens ... The Original Faces, appears to be an accessible, if noisy, entry into the shoegaze-pop canon, not unlike A Sunny Day in Glasgow's excellent Sea When Absent. In all actuality, it's a little bit insane.

Consequence of Sound

Like a girl on drugs who occasionally breaks from her trance to realize she has no idea how she arrived at this point in time, The Original Faces is unaware of space and time in a less endearing way than that sounds.

This is an under appreciated record so far. It feels like a trip in the car with your friends down some moutain tops. I think this album presents us some great instrumental parts such as the tracks Dying All The Time, Ryder or Covered in Shade as well as gloomy and beautiful vocals by the wonderfull Liz Harris.

I just love the dynamics on this record, it can be some how heavy and kind of fast but also slow, calm, peacefull and very bright. Loving the low-fi production on this thing as well, it ... read more
☆☆½ ~ Relatively tolerable listen. I don't connected too much with this.
Liz Harris ventures outward with this, and it is awesome.
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Track List

  1. Ryder
  2. Motorcycle
  3. Covered in Shade
  4. Felt This Way
  5. Pass Me By
  6. Right Outcome
  7. Allison
  8. Dying All the Time
  9. Grace
  10. City Breathing
  11. Violet
  12. The Original Faces
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Added on: July 7, 2015