Helm - Olympic Mess
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Olympic Mess is Helm's fourth release for Bill Kouligas' PAN label, following the 2012 album Impossible Symmetry and subsequent Silencer and The Hollow Organs EPs. The new album stems from a period in which Younger says that he immersed himself in "loop-based industrial music, dub techno, and Balearic disco," but take that backstory with a grain of salt. If his music isn't "intentionally dark," it definitely isn't intentionally any of those things, either.Olympic Mess turns out to be much more interesting, precisely because it remains so hard to pin down. It might be slipperier, even, than his previous work, despite the fact that Olympic Mess is his most structured record yet. Beneath the hazy, abstracted shapes, there's a sense of flow and a sense of purpose.