Full Circle

Hælos - Full Circle
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Ratings: #556 / 760
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2016 Ratings: #241
March 18, 2016 / Release Date
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Matador / Label
Trip Hop, Downtempo / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Paste
The debut is one of my picks for the year so far, a dance-hall record that grows on you and becomes more like a trusted friend who whispers wisdom from another universe.
80
AllMusic

The debut full-length from London's Haelos is an emotive journey through the planes of love, faith, and faith in love. Recalling the mood of classic '90s trip-hop and electronica with updated precision, Full Circle floods the senses with atmospheric texture and expansive soundscapes.

80
Clash
‘Full Circle’ might not break any new ground, but with their simple yet thought-provoking approach to songwriting, HÆLOS have crafted one of the best debut albums in 2016 thus far.
77
Pitchfork
By wearing their influences on their sleeve while never slipping into gimmickry, HÆLOS are able to pull off an impressive trick, a debut record that both cements them in a genre and leaves then room to grow.
70
Loud and Quiet
Nobody was expecting an instant classic from ‘Full Circle’; nonetheless, Haelos’ presentation leaves a tantalising taste.
70
Under The Radar

Full Circle is electronic pop dance music of its own ilk, at once welcomingly familiar and completely unique, and best played after the bar, after the subway ride home. It is living room swaying music at its absolute best.

70
musicOMH

Full Circle is a promising start for a trio of artists who already possess a clear vision of the type of music they want to create. The chances are they will only improve with time to grow their songcraft and ideas further.

67
Consequence of Sound
For these 11 tracks, trip-hop’s habit for overcooked sad bastard balladry is traded for such succinct fluidity in songwriting that the moments where the album betrays its “debut” description are few and far between.
65
The 405
A little more substance over style will lead HÆLOS to bigger and better things.
60
DIY
Gloomy, falsettoed melodrama peppered by sleight, splintered beats is their norm, and they rarely break from it. But HÆLOS are clearly intent on shunning tradition. With that in mind, this is a promising start.
60
The Line of Best Fit

There aren’t any outright failures on Full Circle ... but there are moments that simply lack staying power.

60
No Ripcord

The sound HÆLOS have refined is the perfect foil for truly spectacular things to happen, but with the exception of the album’s centerpiece, Oracle, Full Circle consistently gives the impression that the tools aren’t being used as efficiently as they could be.

40
Exclaim!
It's a rough start for Haelos, aren't exactly short on potential — here's hoping they branch out and find themselves on future releases.
holsgr
55
☆☆ ~ Relatively tolerable album, but flawed too. I don't connected so much with the music.
Z.Younk
NR
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Its over? Uhhh.... 63!
adambdonoval
84
I can't express it in words, but their music really hits a spot. One of the best debuts of the year for sure.
tha138
61
The trio from London is trapped in the orbit of this trip-pop circle, hoping for an exit that eventually never comes.
90
Crazy thing is they're actually better live!
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Track List

  1. Intro/Spectrum
  2. Pray
  3. Dust
  4. Full Circle
  5. Earth Not Above
  6. Oracle
  7. Alone
  8. Separate Lives
  9. Sacred
  10. Cloud Nine
  11. Pale
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