Wednesday, 14 April 2010

The End Of A Very Short Era

We've decided to put the lovely Helen Of Troy... to bed. We've had awesome times, met some awesome people and discovered some awesome artists along the way. Thanks for sticking with us, it's been a blast. Laterz.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Album Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM

Dramatic, cinematic, lush and delicate; Charlotte Gainsbourg's latest album IRM is a bit of a revelation to Helen Of Troy who, rather ashamedly, have come rather late to Ms Gainsbourg's party, having dwelt too long at her father's legendary sleaze-fests. Released in the UK tomorrow (Mon Feb 25) and co-written and recorded with Beck, this 14-track album is a varied but unfalteringly classy affair.

Sparse and bluesy title track IRM is built around the sample of the sound of an MRI (IRM in French) scan, inspired by treatment she received for a cerebral haemorrhage in 2007. The more you listen to IRM the more unsettlingly brilliant the sample becomes and, combined with lyrics about traumas, bandages and x-rays, quickly becomes one of the most menacingly catchy songs about hospitalisation Helen Of Troy... has ever heard (not the most hotly contested title, granted!).

Alongside the hospital-themed high-tech trickery of the title track is a collection of beautiful whispering folk, blues and cabaret which, in this case, is no bad thing.

Sometimes it's obvious who Charlotte and Beck have been listening to - Le Chat du Cafe des Artistes is Serge-esque, evoking the grimy glamour of 1960s Parisian back-streets, Me And Jane Doe sounds like a Moe Tucker Velvet Underground track and Dandelion is could easily be pre-glam T-Rex.

Though IRM wears its influences without shame, its influences are varied enough to lift it from pastiche and Charlotte's hauntingly beautiful vocals tie each song on IRM together into a classy, coherent whole.
Have a listen on Spotify here.


Sunday, 14 February 2010

Spotigift - Oldies But Goodies

Helen Of Troy... has been feeling rather nostalgic of late, which has resulted in an all thriller and filler, classics playlist. Tracks include the unforgettable Love Is A Battlefield by Pat Benatar, Proud Mary by the ever-youthful Tina Turner, and vintage Madonna in the form of Helen Of Troy... favourite Dress You Up. To check out these tracks and more, go here. Enjoy!

Friday, 5 February 2010

New Music: MNDR

Helen Of Troy... first came across MNDR (pronounced man dar) late last year, thanks to blogging favourite Sheena Beaston. Since then, the blogosphere has caught on majorly to this synth-lovin' lady, earning her the much-coveted label of 'one to watch in 2010'.

Hailing from Brooklyn, MNDR aka Amanda Warner, is a fine purveyor of perfectly-crafted "ass tested beats"! Helen Of Troy... favourite C.L.U.B, along with other MySpace-featured track Fade To Black, convey best MNDR's knack for creating cool and accessible IDM (Intelligent Dance Music).

To check out the aforementioned tracks and more, head over to

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Normal Service Has Been Resumed!

Helen Of Troy... would like to apologise dear readers (if we have any left!) for the complete lack of posts and updates in 2010. Due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, we were forced to take a longer-than-planned break from the beloved blogosphere. Fear not however, for Helen Of Troy... is coming back with power, power! Watch this space!