Sargent House (Deafheaven, Dylan Carson) drop the latest LP from Seattle noise-rock lifers Helms Alee. Five full-lengths in the band continue to make one hell of a racket for a three piece. There’s a nice sort of Nirvana-gone-math vibe to Noctiluca’s heavier moments - opener ‘Interachnid’, for instance. At its most melodic Noctiluca gives off a bit of an early-R.E.M. vibe - but if R.E.M. were, like, Shellac instead.
Helms Alee have an entirely blasted sound, as though every part of their heavy mathy rock has been cleansed with a highly-pressurised jet of sand. After that process, the songs on fourth album Stillicide come out taut and wiry and powerful, though still with some hard-won anthemic climaxes. Out on Sargent House.