[18 February 2014]
PopMatters Associate Music Editor
Helm is Luke Younger, a sound architect with a knack for confrontation. The Hollow Organ EP appears several releases into the Helm catalog, but there’s no indication that things are about to get any “easier” on everyone’s ears. This is electronically manipulated musique concrète with otherworldly overtones, making a case for convincing your boss that the speakers in your cubicle are possessed and are in need of an exorcism.
“Spiteful Jester” is a mild purgatory compared with the EP’s three other tracks, all of which seem to burble up from hell. Younger seems to know just when to apply the right touch. Sometimes too much is just right, and that’s what makes The Hollow Organ so eerily special. If you find Bruce Gilbert to be too pedestrian for your homemade haunted house, then meet your new soundtrack.