Helena Deland’s Second EP this Year shows her ever-growing Talent
From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. III & IV is Montreal based Helena Deland’s second EP release this year. Volumes I & II are also striking and enticing, but Vol. III & IV are simply spectacular. When it comes to her voice and sound, think of a cross between Joni Mitchell and Angel Olsen. Somewhere in the middle Deland takes pride of place.
Her third instalment opens with Two Queries, which is essentially a lullaby. This song could most certainly comfort you on a rainy winters night, this and a cup of tea would be the ideal combination.
This track showcases the exquisite tones in her voice, as well as her effortless songwriting style. Throughout the song the only accompaniment is softly picked guitar, which is the perfect partner for the soft and sweet harmonies throughout.
As if that was not enough to make you feel calm and relaxed, the second track on the EP is A Stone is a Stone. With the opening line “Think of something you’ve seen, break it down”, which seems fitting for a review. Her lyrical content is poetic yet relatable.
With a more sound-scape-y accompaniment this time, a grounding baseline, drums so relaxed they are almost horizontal. The picked guitars are drenched in just the right amount of reverb, it is hard not to get drawn in by this track. Her vocals are gentle, yet assertive which sit so wonderfully on top of the instrumentation. Making it impossible to forget she’s a solo artist.
The third and final track on Vol. III, is Lean on You, another silky smooth song from the young Canadian. Her songwriting style is so uncomplicated, it leaves plenty of space for the music and intent to speak, quite clearly, for itself. This song must have everyone unable to “stop looking her way”, it is enticing in a slightly different way to the first two.
The delicate harmonies just finish it off perfectly. Why over complicate something that is so beautiful in its vulnerability? The bass, drums and guitar are absolutely spot on in this track, the back line is weighty, whilst somehow, also airy and the guitar tones sit superbly under her voice like a match made in heaven.
Moving onto her fourth instalment, Vol. IV kicks off with her very well received single “Claudion”. With a completely different vibe to the tracks on Vol. III, this more synthetic, upbeat song is almost impossible to get out of your head.
Her vocal style, delivery and harmonies are of the same nature. Yet somehow this instrumentation suits it just as much as the stripped back reverb drenched guitar did. On first hearing it, you can easily tell why this track has the most streams on Spotify.
Her signature guitar sound is nowhere to be found, but that does not seem to matter. Her final track on Vol. IV is the perfect one to end her Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied”. Rise is haunting yet striking, which could not be more fitting.
These EP instalments have given everyone a fabulous look into what is yet to come from the promising Helena Deland. The anticipation as to what she will release next is already building and we cannot wait.
Have you got a seriously long train journey to take, or a devastating long and laborious essay to write? You might very well have just chanced upon your perfect soundtrack, you can thank me later.
Make sure to follow her on the Social to catch her live! – Helena Deland
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Helena Deakin is a music enthusiastic, who spends the majority of her time looking for new music so her Spotify playlists do not become stagnant. Having recently got into music journalism, she divides her time between finding artists to take inspiration from in her own music, as well as exciting new acts to write about and champion.
Whilst also working for Sofar Sounds Birmingham, she has been immersing herself in the music and talent the West Midlands has to offer and has been totally blown away. With a degree in Commercial Music from The University of Westminster, she has been surrounded by and grown with some extremely promising musicians on the London scene.
When she is not listening to, making, or writing about music, you are most likely to find her curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea embroidering flowers onto hoops for friends.