Helium EP

by Jed and Lucia

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Available for purchase/download at jedandluciaubiq.bandcamp.com

Another EP of bent, twisted, splayed and broken melodies that meaner and burn, thrive and rise along traditional lines you'd expect from outsider hip hop beats or experimental-leaning electronic artists. The melodies are still there for sure, right up front, like in the title track's travelogue-like measures. Give it some time to ooze in through the folds in your brain and you'll be delighted with each new listen. We are.
thecultureofme.com

Jed and Lucia‘s follow up to the Superhuman Heart album (listen to “The Park”, think Caribou + Isobel Campbell) is set to come out next week. It’s a complete evolution on their previous work. Listening to last year’s album, it gives woos and waves and sighs in a folky, electronia pop sort of manner. The Helium EP builds on that core foundation. Throwing in moody mannerisms with hot shuffles and cosmic textures (not to mention the fantastic remix by Letherette), it’s just so, so good.
apocketfullofseeds.com

Distant synthscapes, broken piano melodies, hushed vocal coos, and herky-jerky drum loops are at the heart of "Helium," and effectively help the song straddle the many fences that stand between genres like beat music, chillwave, ambient, synth-pop, and other electronic sub-strands. We expect it will sit nicely next to a remix from UK producer Letherette, and two new versions of tracks from the pair's Super Human Heart record by Lucia and Reveley themselves.
www.xlr8r.com

"Helium" finds the duo combining breezy vocals that breathe life into a wash of pristine keyboards and evocative piano. Jed and Lucia have created a beautiful synth-pop welcome to spring sunshine. Letherette take the original version on a beat-driven journey from sparse mellow-shoe gaze hip hop to head-nodding irresistible force, allowing wisps of vocals to leak out into the atmosphere amidst a crescendo of pulsing synths. The flipside sees the machines in their studio infiltrate the Jed and Lucia files, and they reconfigure their folksy songs, spitting them out covered in a new shiny format. Painted Stairs" and "The Park" have transformed from gentle laid-back album-style songs to more aggressive beat-heavy joints fueled by a barrage of scattershot mechanical finger snaps and heavyweight low end persuasion.
www.insound.com

"Helium" finds the duo locking in on the best aspects of their album, which All Music called "The perfect soundtrack to your lazy autumn days."Jed and Lucia have created a beautiful synth-pop welcome to spring sunshine. Letherette take the original version on a beat-driven journey from sparse mellow-shoe gaze hip hop to head-nodding irresistible force, allowing wisps of vocals to leak out into the atmosphere amidst a crescendo of pulsing synths. The flipside sees the machines in their studio infiltrate the Jed and Lucia files, and they reconfigure their folksy songs, spitting them out covered in a new shiny format. "These re-workings were inspired by the Shlohmo remix on our first 10"," explains Mark Reveley. "Painted Stairs" and "The Park" have transformed from gentle laid-back album-style songs to more aggressive beat-heavy joints fueled by a barrage of scattershot mechanical finger snaps and heavyweight low end persuasion."Painted Stairs" was leaked on the Label Love digital compilation (from Ubiquity, Tru Thoughts, Plug, Ninja Tune MPM and One Handed) which RCRDLBL re-posted saying, "Every so often, an artist will alter their sound to such a degree that it makes you listen to their music in a different way...Berkeley duo Jed & Lucia make you realize that you were watching Avatar without the 3-D glasses. Gentle, electronic-tinged folk-pop."
www.undergroundhiphop.com

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released 29 March 2011
Ubiquity Records

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