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Coachella 2016 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

on April 18, 2016, 4:30pm
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London trip-hop group HÆLOS may market themselves as a trio, but their live show benefits immensely from the addition of two percussionists who lend a backbone to prop up all that heavy atmosphere. Dressed all in black and playing in front of a thick curtain that blotted out the early afternoon sun, the group came across more like a force of nature and less like the lightweight version of Massive Attack they sometimes sound like on record. Of the three credited vocalists — Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney, and Dom Goldsmith — Bernardout is the clear standout, with a voice that communicates vulnerability but clearly asserts itself in the mix. Still, HÆLOS are at their most interesting when all three vocalists play off each other, taking different tracks in the verse and then meeting up again in the chorus. –Collin Brennan

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