Helena Deland releases “Lean on You”

Helena Deland releases new single "Lean on You"
Helena Deland "Lean on You"

Helena Deland has announced the upcoming release From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol III. and IV. in late July with the synth-pop gem “Claudion”. Last August, Helena followed up with the intimate acoustic guitar-laden about-face “Rise.”

Now Helena has shared “Lean On You” ahead of the October 19th release of From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol III. and IV.

On “Lean On You,” Helena starts off tentatively singing over muted chords before stark percussion kicks in, single guitar notes ring out, and the line “I don’t need to lean on you” is repeated until the tone becomes increasingly more self-assured and resolute, building to an empowered, echo-filled, cinematic climax.

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.

“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.”

Helena Deland

09/20 • Drummondville, QC • Studio
09/21 • Saint-Hyacinthe, QC • Le Zaricot
09/22 • Trois-Pistoles, QC • L’oeil de la Tempête
10/05 • Sherbrooke, QC • La Petite Boite Noire
10/11 • Lavaltrie, QC • Chasse-Galerie
10/13 • Gatineau, QC • Petit Chicago
10/17 • Fredericton, NB • Capital Complex
10/18 • Halifax Pop Explosion, NS • Seahorse Tavern
10/20 • Bristol, UK • Simple Things
10/22 • Glasgow, UK • Poetry Club
10/23 • Manchester, UK • The Castle
10/24 • London, UK • Sebright Arms
10/25 • Eindhoven, NL • [DDW] Wilhelmina
10/26 • Amsterdam, NL • London Calling, Paradiso
10/28 • Berlin, DE • Maze
10/29 • Cologne, DE • Acephale
10/31 • Paris, FR • Pitchfork Avant Garde Festival
11/16 • Montréal, QC • Théâtre Fairmount
11/17 • Laval, QC • Annexe 3
11/23 • Trois-Rivières, QC • Église St. James
11/24 • Quebec, QC • La Meduse
11/29 • Toronto, ON • Monarch Tavern