words by tom johnson
Unveiled via GFP last month, Helena Deland’s ‘There Are A Thousand’ was a stunning, graceful piece of pop music that instantly grabbed, adding a huge weight of anticipation to her forthcoming new collection ‘Altogether Unaccompanied Vol. I & II’ which is due out on 2nd March via fledgling label Luminelle Recordings.
Deland has now shared that track’s follow-up move, and Take It All is equally arresting, the sheen of its predecessor replaced by a palpable darkness, the kind that winds its way through city streets at night, all hushed characters lost in the throws of shadow. Much like A Thousand, both the production and composition is beautifully, quietly powerful, the rippling guitar and Deland’s floating voice creating up the kind of atmosphere that takes on an almost physical appearance of its own, conjured and utterly captivating.
You can stream the new track right now; we also pinched a couple of minutes of Helena’s time for a quick-fire Q&A which you can check out below:
What was the last record you bought and was it any good?
Kelly Lee Owens’ self titled. And – yes it was!
What was the last live show you saw that blew you away?
I saw Schwefelgelb at New Year’s and it was memorable. And in another genre I was blown away by Angelo De Augustine’s show in Chicago in January.
Favourite album of the last year?
Probably Ryūichi Sakamoto, “Async”, very much enjoyed Homeshake’s “Fresh Air” as well.
Favourite album of the last decade?
Tough to say. Angel Olsen “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” is the one I’ve listened to most according to my iTunes.
Favourite closing track on any record?
Ariel Pink’s “Baby” for sure. Really digging “Hand it over” off MGMT’s last album as well.
Favourite show that you’ve played?
We played a last minute show for Pop Montreal last fall and though I had a nasty cold the vibe was super good.
Favourite weekend record?
What’s the one thing you’d change about the music world if you could?