POWER OF POP MUSIC ALBUM REVIEW: HELIOTROPES – OVER THERE THAT WAY

ALBUM REVIEW: HELIOTROPES – OVER THERE THAT WAY

Photo credit: Matthew Cylinder

Photo credit: Matthew Cylinder

Background
Heliotropes is comprised of founding member/songwriter/vocalist Jessica Numsuwankijkul, along with a rotating cast of collaborators, including drummer Gregg Giuffré, bassist Richard Thomas, and guitarist Ricci Swift, who are all featured on Over There That Way.

Strengths
An eclectic songwriting approach that traverses a multitude of rock genres (from the 60s to the 90s mainly) but underpinned by a very modern indie/alternative rock aesthetic. Arrangements are spartan at best but left-field components like vocal harmonies keep things interesting.

Highlights
“Normandy”, “Wherever You Live”, “War Isn’t Over”, “Easy”.

Sounds Like
Pixies, Throwing Muses, Breeders.

Bottom Line
Presented in a deliberately austere lofi style which might turn off pristine sound purists but will excite most discerning rock listeners (90s rock fans especially).

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