Helena Deland recently released a new collection of songs, From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol III. and IV, recently released on October 19th via Luminelle Recordings. Today Deland has released a video for “Claudion”.
Currently on a European tour, Helena is set to make an appearance at Pitchfork Avant Garde Festival in Paris this Wednesday, October 31st. In mid-November, Helena will kick off a run of shows in her native Canada, immediately followed by dates in the Midwest and the Northeast, hitting Cleveland and Pittsburgh for the first time, before making her way to California for a couple of co-headline dates in San Francisco and Los Angeles with Buzzy Lee.
There’s no discernible pattern to Helena Deland’s latest release. On the third and fourth volumes of From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” the Montréal-based artist has amassed a collection of memories in song form, more like a box of old photos or unsent letters than a traditional EP.
“The songs are to be considered as their own little things,” she says about her unconventional release structure. “They are part of something larger, yes, but they live on their own.” As a listener, however, there is an undeniable cohesion to Vol. III and IV, and to the previous iterations of the project: each song is nostalgic, intimate, and indelible.
References abound, but the sound is all her own. Musical and literary influences weave through with ease, underscored by her dynamic vocals and clever lyricism. Deland’s constant journaling has allowed her songwriting to mature organically.
“I’m learning to be really patient,” she says, “I can’t really force writing. When I’m ready to write a song the words and melody are usually there.”
10/29 • Cologne, DE • Acephale
10/31 • Paris, FR • Pitchfork Avant Garde Festival
11/16 • Montréal, QC • Théâtre Fairmount (M for Montréal)
11/23 • Trois-Rivières, QC • Église St. James
11/24 • Quebec, QC • La Meduse
11/29 • Toronto, ON • Monarch Tavern
12/01 • Chicago, IL • Schubas Tavern
12/02 • Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern
12/04 • Pittsburgh, PA • Club Café
12/05 • Philadelphia, PA • Johnny Brenda’s
12/06 • Washington, DC • DC9
12/07 • Brooklyn, NY • Elsewhere (Zone One)
12/13 • San Francisco, CA • Swedish American Hall w/ Buzzy Lee
12/15 • Los Angeles, CA • The Echo w/ Buzzy Le