There Are a Thousand
words by tom johnson
photograph by alex huard
Light as a feather yet always held firmly in place, “There Are A Thousand” is the tender new track from Helena Deland, the Montreal singer-songwriter who is slowly piecing together her new project, a series of songs that will eventually come together under the collective umbrella From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. I & II, which is due out on March 2nd.
Absorbing throughout, with a grace and style that immediately wraps the song around you, the proverbial cloak of kindness masking darker sentiments, the new track is indicative of Deland’s sumptuous craft, leading the track with her beautiful voice while the evocative and detailed instrumentation needles away in the background. That rich and dense undercurrent is a pertinent aspect of her latest work, recalling the likes of Natalie Prass and Sharon Van Etten’s later work, among others, whose work could well flourish on voice alone but who dig out further, intangible, magic from the swirling surrounding space.
Cryptic and beautifully constructed, with a deep sense of longing that permeates from its core with each passing listen, the new track is an immediate, and immediately captivating next-step, that shines as brightly as anything else we’ve heard in this new yearly chapter thus far. Check it out below right now.
Helena plays Baby’s All Right with Yumi Zouma this Friday – details here