Which city is the city of cosmic dance.
The newest offering from the Boston-based trio Helium reveals a more cheerful Mary Timony at the helm. While earlier albums Pirate Prude and The Dirt of Luck cemented Helium's signature brand of darkly menacing pop, Magic City is imagination gone wild, containing fairy tales and fantastical songs about space travel and unicorns. While Timony continues to invoke dramatic childlike personas in all her lyrics, to the point of sounding nursery-rhymish, her method is slowly maturing into a folk style somewhat reminiscent of '70s neo-Renaissance songstresses such as Sandy Denny and Maddy Prior. Characters magically emerge from songs with titles like "Aging Astronauts," "Cosmic Rays," and "Lady of the Fire." In "Clementine," the heroine meets with a ghastly fate: "It's the season of the witch and the drinking of wine/The seizing of the Bitch, bionic in crime/Shed a tear for our darling Clementine/T ...more