Over the weekend, some friends of mine traveled down to Louisville for an evening with indie rock legends Built to Spill. A few days later, I found myself in their living room rehashing the highlights. Among the notable moments was the performance of opening act Helvetia, pronounced “hell-vee-shuh.”
The Portland, OR project is headed up by Jason Albertini. The band released their latest LP Nothing In Rambling on Joyful Noise Recordings earlier this month. The album is Helvetia’s seventh release in six years – a prolific pace. Their experimental brand of guitar-driven indie rock is a veritable melting pot of sounds that draws from psychedelic, shoegaze, alternative rock and more. In the past, this experimentation has led to a sonic space that occasionally felt crowded and over-saturated. Not so on Nothing In Rambling – a more restrained, focused release. Watch the video for “Nettles” below. Don’t sleep on an opportunity to catch Helvetia alongside Built to Spill on their handful of remaining tour dates.
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Written by Rob Peoni