With his previous album, „A Drop About to Drown“, we had the chance to hear how Manolo Redondo likes to wander around musical genre. On „Helmet On“, his songs still bring us on unexplored territories between dream pop and folk, and are at ease with a psychedelic touch and a progres- sive temptation inherited from the sixties. To this sca olding of acoustic sophistication, Manolo adds a veil of soft oddness, notably underlined by French lyrics seeking oniric heights. Without losing any of that spontaneity able to produce a lot with few, „Helmet On“ draws new landscapes in a subtle and rich pop, echoing The National or Chris Garneau, with slight synth moments and unifying choir. In a constellation of creative and sensitive albums, „Helmet On“ is a pop comet.
01 Stains Remain 02 Best Kept Secret 03 Alpinisme 04 Lo Is The New Hi 05 Bigger Blow 06 Lentement 07 Helmet On 08 Des Incas & Des Khmers 09 Ten Thousand Days 10 Waves Men Ocean 11 No One Cares 12 Winter Garden 13 Conquête Spaciale