Give any proper Helvetia release a listen, then throw on The Camp Century Sessions, and you’ll hear quite a difference. On The Lam, for example, is constructed and cohesive with songs fixated on at least some sort of structure. Here you get something else; there’s more volume, more experimentation, and perhaps even a hint more playfulness.
I thought On The Lam was great. I’ve been visiting with some old Duster albums of late; all are pretty solid. This, too, brings a smile to my face. It’s recognizable as Duster/Helvetia, but there are qualities that take songs like “Even Decklin” and “Death That Waits Is A Woman” in entirely new directions. And for that I am grateful.
Call it more psychedelic, more experimental. Or maybe lower-fi, and with more grit. However you look at it, it’s new stuff from a cherished yet under-appreciated group. And therefore it should be celebrated.
Helvetia released The Camp Century Sessions this week as a free B-Side compilation on their website. Though free, you can also give the band a hand by donating a few bucks.
[Digital LP, 2012]
1. Even Decklin
3. Death That Waits Is A Woman
4. Digging Your Coals
5. Footman Jams
6. Tardis Leak
8. Into The Waters
10. Another Ice Age