LILY030 | Release Date: December 16, 2016
Mysterious and moody, Manille is a yearning love song from the depths of a woman’s heart dedicated to the complex, turbulent beauty of the world’s most densely populated city. Helico vocalist Delphine Audevard wraps her voice around the brooding synth and layers of complex rhythms like the gossamer silk of a traditional beaded shawl. Strong, clear and flexible, Delphine’s voice recalls French-Canadian singer/cellist Jorane and French singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier of Christine and the Queens. Intense, driving beats and unusual melodic constructions reveal Helico’s influences of the likes of Daft Punk and The Dos.
Two remixes bring out different moods from the same song: Tioneb’s Remix speeds things up to a frantic, action-packed pace, flowing like cars along EDSA, Manila’s infamous circular freeway. A host of creative noise throughout ends in digital fireworks. Jo’s Remix underlays Delphine’s voice with a smooth bed of synths while busy little manga-character rhythms and effects run about madly like Japanese cartoon characters.
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