Refraction have posted their new EP, Helixian, online for a name your price download. The short 20 minute effort, which features four tracks, is the follow-up to 2011’s stunning self-titled album.
What really stands out most about Helixian is the inclusion of vocals, though it’s important to point out that they are minimal and this is still a largely instrumental record. ‘(T)hymine’ comes with a guttural sludgy vocal, while closing track ‘(G)uanine’ hits a compelling climax with a terse but agonising and piercing vocal that’s almost black metal-esque, an intriguing foil to the serene and ebullient riffs that characterise this EP. Helixian definitely marks an interesting step-up from the self-titled.
So that’s this mini review of sorts out of the way. Listen to the EP below or download it HERE.