The Return of Helen Stellar

Helen Stellar by Jessica Holmes Photography
Helen Stellar by Jessica Holmes Photography

A few years ago fuzzy, dreamy shoegaze was the genre that seemed to be proliferating in LA clubs, particularly on the Eastside. There were a few standout bands including Gliss, a trio that made great strides while touring Europe, and Helen Stellar, who had a very influential fan – Cameron Crowe. Cameron put their song io (This Time Around) on the Elizabethtown soundtrack and then released their full length record, “A Prayer to Myself,” through his Vinyl Records label.

But this is skipping ahead… Helen Stellar first arrived in LA with one purpose – to play on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Nic Harcourt was spinning some of their songs and the Chicago-based band headed here to appear on the big show. Then, as they planned to head home, their transportation broke down. Before they knew it, they were settling into LA.  After touring in support of their debut CD, they took a few years off and some of us wondered if it was for good. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, at the end of last year they bounced back with a new guitarist and a new album in tow. Their follow up does not disappoint and below is a preview.  The album is called “If The Stars Could Speak, They Would Have Your Voice.” Here’s a preview of the track “Joseph”:

[audio:http://newmedia.kcrw.com/musicnews/audio/Helen_Stellar_Joseph.mp3]

The band is playing a Spaceland residency in April so check them out if you have a chance.

RR

Comments

  1. William
    March 12, 2010, 8:27 pm

    It's virtually criminal that Helen Stellar have not received wider recognition, but perhaps this cd will bring them exactly that. Their music is fantastically inspiring, unique and brilliant. There isn't another band in LA, or in the US, for that matter, that sounds like them. Can't recommend their new cd enough. Go Jim, Clif, Dustin and Eli. You guys are absolutely excellent.

  2. karen
    March 7, 2010, 3:22 am

    love Helen Stellar. Wish we could hear them in the Midwest!!!!!! I heard them on the radio while visiting LA.