Chris Helme
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Chris Helme


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"Classic Rock Magazine"

This is a gold medal record from a superb musical talent, and proof, if any were ever needed that there was more than one musical legend in the Seahorses. - Classic Rock

"R2 Magazine"

"The Rookery is a modest masterwork that reveals a melodic sensibility owing much to pastoral English folk, CSNU and Jeff Buckley. Abundant colour provided by distorted mellotron, melting strings, screeching feedback and Helme's passionate vocal delivery" - Rock & Reel

"Tuppence Magazine"

“An acoustic gem of psych folk and perfectly weighted string arrangements, underpinned by great vocals that spin out in lyrical wonder”. - Tuppence Magazine

"The Independent. Sep 2012."

"Sumptuous" - The Independent

"The Independent. Sep 2012."

"Sumptuous" - The Independent

"Louder Than War"

“If your main association with Chris Helme is the dying days of Britpop then it’s time to have another listen ... Helme has become quite the songwriter and The Rookery is a wonderful mix of light and dark, contradicting moods and well-crafted balladeering.” - Louder Than War

"Q Magazine"

“Dreamy but driven indie folk. Enhanced by lavishly layered productions and a deftly deployed string quartet.” - Q Magazine

"Uncut Magazine. Sep 2012."

“Echoing the fragility of Gram Parsons, while flirting with the rustic side of Neil Young” - Uncut


Seahorses - Do It Yourself 1997
The Yards - The Yards - 2008
The Yards - Imperial Measures - 2009
Chris Helme - Ashes EP - 2008
Chris Helme - The Rookery - 2012



Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band ‘The Seahorses’ released his brand new solo album on the 27th of August 2012. Still rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics Love Is The Law and Blinded By The Sun - songs that evoked everything the 90’s stood for, the excitement, the culture and the bands that provided a voice in a period of political and social imbalance. Present day societal context may well in fact mirror those times but the man himself, now, appears cut from an entirely different cloth.

Helme’s is an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it’s The Rookery’s knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brings each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme’s keen ear for arranging and those brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.

Recorded in just 9 days at The Rookery, a country hideaway nestled in the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales, the album reveals a beguiling vulnerability in both Helme’s voice and lyrics. The wonderfully restrained Darkest Days’ somber refrain, ‘Following you, leads me astray’, rings out with the sentiment of changing direction, putting paid to past misdemeanors, while on the forthcoming single Long Way Round, Helme is found resolute in his plaintive cry, ‘Now you’ve found yourself, you’re on your own’. An apt lyric indeed as his solo path turns this dramatic corner.

There is plenty on offer here as Chris and producer Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps) showcase their depth of sonic understanding as fuzzed out guitars are married with distorted Mellotron, melting strings, whistling feedback and haunting orchestral vocals. Melodies rooted in traditional folk structures are vividly reimagined on an album of startlingly rich variation. Even the Rolling Stones’ stomp of Daddy’s Farm bookended between the blues filth of Pleased and the gorgeously mellow Summer Girl, doesn’t stick out, testament to Helme’s most powerful weapon – his voice.

This aspect to his music was never in question. From the earliest days of his career, his voice always commanded attention, and The Rookery’s variation is seemingly bound by this one continuous thread. File next to CSN&Y, Led Zeppelin 3, Buckley, The Coral, and enjoy.

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