Hold-ups & fever dreams: Briffaut releases the long-awaited Helsinki

written & photographed by Meesh Deyden for the masses

For fans of Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Camera Obscura, BadBadNotGood, Sufjan Stevens, DeVotchKa, Tame Impala and oh so many more ensembles, we present to you Colorado Springs based outfit, Briffaut. 

 Daniel James Eaton (left) and Alex Koshak (right) of Briffaut 

Daniel James Eaton (left) and Alex Koshak (right) of Briffaut 

Briffaut (pronounced Bra-foe, roughly-- you can google it) spent the last two years loving and hating what it has taken to release their latest album, Helsinki. Between members quitting the band for other pursuits, not having access to recordings they did for the album, trying to be likeable in an industry fueled by likes, to struggling to self-mix and master the project, Daniel James Eaton and Alex Koshak seem to have finally pulled it off. 

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Helsinki is a tour de force, sometimes feverish sonic explosion marrying dreamscape vocals with heavily layered multi-instrumental crescendos. Listeners luxuriate in what feels like a quintessentially French cinematic siesta of Briffaut's "wild new future music" with tracks like "Domino" and "Pomegranate." It's a record you can listen to anytime for any reason. 

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The album release show, presented by Grouphug, is Friday March 2nd at Syntax Physic Opera featuring opening acts in/Planes and Down Time. Helsinki can be purcahsed at the show in cassette and CD. You can purchase the digital album, as well, on Briffaut's bandcamp