Freakout Cult's releases are anchored to the dance floor, but Sparrow's record points to outer space. The title, Heliacal Rising, refers to an annual astronomical event, and the tracks take their names from celestial bodies. Even if you're not well-versed in Polynesian terms for star clusters, they still suit the music perfectly.
Heliacal Rising is a send-off into dark but dreamy electro, with clear tones and spacious atmospheres. "R'lyeh (E-GZR Mix)" is the only aggressive track, likely due to a turnaround by E-GZR (who has worked with another Fett Burger outlet, Wania). The vibe is similar on "Cygnus," a smoldering electro stepper. "Herer" and "Leo" are both filled with light, but where the first is strange and sci-fi, the second is blissfully soothing (it's also the only 4/4 track here). On "Minas (E-Version)," an edit from Sparrow's previous EP, she adds just a fraction more detail to the void. "Matariki" hits the coldest note. The first 12 bars suggest a vile electro cut, before it's all enveloped in a gorgeous haze of blue. The sadness is universal, but constructed in a way that underlies Sparrow's special style.