I loved Mary Timony when she fronted the storybook fantasyland that was Helium. In the indie-lovin’ ‘90s, she was the cool and mysterious dark horse that sang fantastically odd songs about superballs, vampires, and medieval people. But, just when things were getting good, Helium disbanded. Timony soon ventured into the obligatory solo career and I stayed behind, content with my perfect little Helium catalogue. But with the release of Ex Hex, Timony’s back in fine form. Angular guitars surf around in that space between your ears and dreamy vocals whisper you the sweetest rock lullabye. Oh yeah, and there’s a song about pirates!