August 11, 2020 Helena Deland announces debut LP ‘Someone New’; shares title track
Montreal’s Helena Deland follows up her magical single “Lylz: an achingly affectionate ode to sororal friendship – with the announcement of her debut full-length Someone New, coming this fall on Luminelle. Helena says this about the album:
“Someone New is about paradoxically feeling sick of and unfamiliar with myself. I realized that I associated primarily with what others (real or imagined) projected onto me, and acted in ways to avoid disappointing this projection or imagined expectation. The quest to please and conform distracted me from who I already was and I laboured to comply to a normative set of expectations. I noticed my troubled relationship with my body, which escaped my control and gave others so much information it seemed to withhold from me. I sought comfort in romantic relationships, which validated me and where I was free to at least momentarily reinvent myself for the other’s sake. I felt guilty of my privilege, the idea of which my dejection didn’t sit well with, and I was trapped in patterns that grew more and more familiar. I longed to become someone new! I had to look at this critically in order to write songs I thought made the least bit of sense, trying not to give into the tendency to bend myself to integrated expectations and my anxiety to please. The meta delight in this whole story is that the process helped me better recognize what defines me both outwardly and inwardly, and made me somewhat new to myself.”
Listen to the beautiful title track below + pre-order the record on limited edition milky clear vinyl here. Video is directed by Xavier Bélanger-Dorval. Someone New is out October 16th.