When you hear the opening riffs to Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" in a film, you know some serious shit is about to go down. That's what the whole album by psychedelic/experimental Seattle, Wash./Arcata, Calif.-based Helvetia feels like. On The Lam (April 12, The Split Cult Label) is filled with slow builds that drop you into a blur of thrummy guitar and heartbreaking vocals, bounce you across double-timed Billy Joel-in-his-prime piano and send you skidding across a minute-and-a-half-long track that fades away with an electronic tick-tick-tick. On The Lam is a stretched-rubber band so full of nuance and so brilliantly conceived that you know something is about to snap.
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