I Made Some Writing​.​.​.

by Heliopause

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"I Made some Writing..." is the lyric from Dark Matter which begins this new compilation of demos and unheard material.

The song Dark Matter was written in Iceland but this version was recorded in Dublin at Thérèse's flat. The first three songs were recorded in one afternoon during the period after Michael left the band.. Myself, Niall andThérèse were playing acoustically as a three piece and this version of Dark Matter is an example of alternate versions at that time while trying to figure out what direction to go. Moment of Recognition and The Moon & Sixpence were written at this time so these songs were naturally more suited to being acoustic.

Track four is a version of Dark Ink on a grand piano. I was doing an art residency at Skaftfell in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland and was generously allowed access to the School of Music when it wasn't being used. It was November, cold, dark and quiet and so I took the chance to go in the evenings and write and play around with ideas. This version is quite the contrast to the recorded version on the Dark Matter EP and reveals the fragile thoughts when the loudness is removed. You can hear builders working on a house across the road. I wrote Dark Matter there and the artwork from the EP was used from this trip.. sometimes I recorded ideas using video and I might try get them online. Staring out into the fjord while writing was pretty special.

The next three tracks make up Let the Silence Go. These are the original demo's of the trilogy recorded in my bedroom in Belfast before taking them to the band. Chris had joined by this point and his input into the songs when played with all three of us defined a new sound and direction. These recordings are lo-fi and show how my songs usually begin. Epilog. is probably most different being finger picked and with an extra verse. It was pretty crap and unnecssary though so we opted for short, sweet and punchy.

The final three tracks I nearly forgot about until Chris mentioned them when I talked about doing this compilation. When he joined the band, we retreated to the stunning Glens of Antrim and hired a cottage, setting up instruments and a PA system in the kitchen with no one but sheep around to bother with the noise. It was an amazing time to focus, relax yet write, practice and record songs. It really helped kick us into action and gave new momentum. Ode and The World on it's knees aren't new. They've been knocking around since the early days and have never seemed quite right.. Strange Connection was written around this time. Although being played once or twice live.. these three never seemed to keep any kind of longevity. Maybe they will at some point... who know's.. but I still enjoy listening to them and I hope you will too. They just show that there is always alot of stuff knocking around behind the scenes which may never sadly be! used or heard.. but at least by making this compilation they get a bit of a chance!


released October 1, 2011


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Derived from folk and singer/songwriter acoustic styles, the music of Heliopause has developed into the realms of subtle pop, creating epic soundscapes with elements of electronic backing tracks, soaring ethereal vocals, guitars and catchy melodies.

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