REVIEW: Ghost of Helags, We Came From Stars

“We Came From the Stars” is The Ghost of Helags debut album and is nothing short of a synth-pop dreamscape of drama, romance and escapism. Teresa Woischiski and John Alexander Ericson who make up the band as the singer-songwriters and producers hail from Sweden and are now based in Berlin. Woischiski and Ericson intertwine their Scandinavian origins with the hearty electronic sounds that have held up the music scene of their new home in Berlin. 


The album opens strongly with the first track “Chemistry” The ambience and atmosphere of this song creates sounds as though it’s a tune belonging to models bobbing down the catwalk in full monochrome. The lyrics are not so sterile though as there is a sense of fearlessness and hope in the lyrics, “There’s nothing left out there that makes me scared” combined with the slick vocal this offers a feeling that we have all experienced over the pandemic. For me, Chemistry is certainly a standout track that sets the scene for the whole album. Although the next few tracks are all somewhat similar, they bleed into each other perfectly giving the listener an album experience full of cinematic beats that hang onto the cutting vocal and bold lyricism. 


Another standout single “bye-bye Tokyo” picks up the album’s momentum. The light beat brings forward Woischiski’s sharp vocal which reminds me of Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES. Again, the lyrics are simplistic yet they hit you. My favourite lyric has to be, “I’ll bring home the neon lights” this offers a clear image of the Tokyo night sky lighting up Berlin. 


“I’m in the Dark, Honey” is another standout song that is cinematic and slow which would perfectly fit the ending of a movie. There is an emotive longingness in the vocal throughout the song. This one is a collaboration with Brighton based singer Hayley Ross. Their vocals together are a match made in heaven. 

"nothing short of a synth-pop dreamscape of drama, romance and escapism."

“Parallel” pulls you in within the first second, this comes as no surprise with it being another standout on the album, it’s my personal favourite. To me, it is reminiscent of Sky Ferreira’s “Night Time, My Time” 


“We Came from the Stars” is brought to a quiet end with “Autobahn Lullaby” the heavy-hearted synth brings the listeners journey to an end that takes you all around the world. From the rain draped streets in Berlin all the way to Tokyo’s neon sky. 


“We Came from the Stars” belongs on your travel playlist that will take you away to the movie set for Twilight via Lost in Translation. If you are a fan of Sky Ferreira, Lana Del Rey and St.Vincent this may be one of your new favourite albums. 


Other News

The Zine


REVIEW: Moses, Move On

“Move On” is the latest release added to the ever-growing repertoire of anthemic tunes by Moses. Produced by the legendary Gavin Monaghan; from this relationship comes something magical and “Move On” is further evidence of that.

REVIEW: Barely Passable, ‘Hindsight’

Barely Passable may be a fresh name, but they’re wasting no time in establishing themselves as true undiscovered gems in the retro-tinged pop renaissance. Their debut EP, appropriately titled Hindsight, is a joyful revival of floor-filling sounds gone by that’s just right for the post-Rona landscape.
"Touch Me" by Marilyn Hucek - Review

REVIEW: Touch Me, Marilyn Hucek

American-Chilean, pop singer Marilyn Hucek has released her new single 'Touch Me', a sugary sweet song about love and female empowerment, just in time for Valentines Day.
Kid Kapichi - Album Preview

ALBUM PREVIEW: Kid Kapichi, This Time Next Year

In 2018 they hit the ground running and haven't shown any signs of slowing down yet. Having shared the stage with the likes of Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, Fidlar along with playing sets at some huge festivals like Reading and Leeds and Neighbourhood, Kid Kapichi has only been on the up, and they still continue to rise.

REVIEW: The Young Hearts, ‘The Modern State’

After a smattering of EPs across over five years, rising punk band The Young Hearts have finally dropped their debut album. According to frontman Craig Lawrence, the plan for this year was to power through the struggles facing so many bands right now and release another EP, but “after realising it could be the final release […], we decided that an album would be the most productive way for us to say everything we wanted to”.

Cat SFX and the hopeful return of punk.

Alan Mcgee told the NME that he wanted to sign “cocky little fuckers” for his Creation23 label again. This may apply to wannabe wee Gallaghers and the likes, but the “dark fruits” stereotype doesn't really do justice to his recent signing of culture critic, mental health advocate Cat SFX. Lead singer Caterina Speranza already has a fair amount of music industry experience. Having previously fronted a band called The Vincent Fiasco who opened for Interpol, Cat has come back 13 years later with more to say. According to McGee, “In a different time, she’d be a punk hero.”