Over his first three albums, Homeshake‚Äôs Peter Sagar followed his own idiosyncratic vision, a journey that‚Äôs taken him from sturdy guitar-based indie-pop to a bleary-eyed take on lo-fi R&B. Now, with Helium, Sagar is putting down roots in aesthetic territory all his own.
It comes through not only in the gauziness of the production, but also in the vulnerability of the songs themselves. Everyone Sagar encounters here ‚Äî including himself ‚Äî seems to be a step removed from present reality, whether by technology (‚ÄúAnything At All‚Äù), solitude (‚ÄúJust Like My‚Äù), or sweet fantasy (‚ÄúLike Mariah‚Äù). The record is stitched together by a series of instrumental interludes, synthesizer explorations whose haziness adds to the suspicion that this is all an uncanny dream.
Where his previous three records were recorded directly to one-inch tape in a local studio, Helium was recorded and mixed by Sagar alone in his apartment in Montreal in early 2018. Freed of the rigid editing process he‚Äôd endured before, he was able to lose himself in pursuit of tone and texture. A budding interest in ambient and experimental music pushed him to tinker with the micro-sounds that surround the songs here. It‚Äôs a far cry from the chorus-laden guitars of his earlier work. ‚ÄúEver since I started introducing synthesizers into my music, I‚Äôve gotten more interested in texture,‚Äù he says. ‚ÄúI‚Äôd hit a creative dead end [with guitars], so synths took over.‚Äù The warm chords of a Roland Juno 60 form the album‚Äôs base, and gave him a clean palette with which to work. ‚ÄúNo tape hiss, no humming power outlets and shitty mixing boards,‚Äù as he puts it. ‚ÄúEverything just came out nice and pure.‚Äù
Black vinyl pressing housed in a full color sleeve. Issued with inserts, a fold-out with credits and notes and a printed inner-sleeve.
Includes download card.
Release date: 15.02.2019