Land of no Return

by HELLENICA

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Exploring the depths of 70's and 80's sci-fi soundtracks. Scraps, notes and ideas fused together to create a soundtrack to a fictional sci-film entitled: Land of no Return.

This album was recorded digitally then mastered through a 1970's DENON 5L-40 REEL TO REEL TAPE MACHINE found in an antique shop in Sainte Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. More info on the machine here:

www.radiomuseum.org/r/denon_sl_40.html

Instruments used were: Various midi instruments, a Fender bass guitar, samples, Roland SH2000 synth, guitar drones, ebo, Sampletron.

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released October 8, 2017

J. Demos - Music, Concept, Artwork.



Review for Land of no Return

- "Particular and artsy, arresting and dancefloor… a neat combination is reached. Yet it’s very ambient. Comparisons that suit could be to Orbital’s “In-Sides” album, and drones-wise, Aquarelle on the Low Point label. Jim Demos has produced very cleverly stitched together sounds that do not rely on fixation, instead need to be treated as a whole. They are rhythmically very odd – it always sounds like everything is “slightly” behind the beat, giving the record a feeling of instability. Yet the strength lies in well-put-together soundscapes, waveforms and transductions. It really is something of paradoxical oddity, like the occasional soaring electric guitars that almost create full-on power chord choruses out of the material.

There are also nods to The Caretaker/Leyland Kirby stylistically throughout, a general maudlin (not mawkish) fascination with the depressive states of antimatter and decompression from dementia. Another compliment related is that the music is very focused. Nothing outstays its welcome, there is a firm grasp of texture, modality experience, the reigning in of the by-standing public.
A strongly stirring record, I’ve not heard anything quite like the sounds of Hellenica here..." - Mick Buckingham - Fluid Radio

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HELLENICA Montreal, Québec

Jim Demos grew up in the west-end’s industrial part of Winnipeg, among rusted train yards and crumbling storage facilities. In 2009 he moved to Montreal and started working on his solo project Hellenica.

Hellenica fuses dark iinstrumentals utilizing elements of drone, doom, chant and spaghetti western. He also dabbles in the world of improvisational ambient music.
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