Montréal’s Helena Deland writes songs that are a testimony of a given time or place, converting her memories to something that sounds, in a word, unforgettable. A myriad of influences filter in and out of her writing, from ’60’s Parisian pop to indie folk to fuzz rock. She describes her songwriting as a collection of ‘unsent letters,’ perhaps fuelling her self coined genre, ‘sincere pop.’
Helena captures the unapologetic aspects of womanhood the world needs today, highlighting powerful femininity in her vocals and refined writing in her unique lyrical choices. Helena will be touring the world over the next year, promoting the release of her upcoming EP’s, ‘From the Series Of Songs Altogether Unaccompanied’.
Helena Deland has been subtly collecting songs for a while now. After having collaborated with artists from different backgrounds such as Men I Trust, Ludovic Alarie and Cri, she teamed up with Jesse Mac Cormack in the Fall of 2015 to record her first group of songs, a powerful EP called Drawing Room. Her ever growing interest for words and literature and her constant journal keeping has made her songwriting increasingly coherent and mature. As such, recent collaborations and friendships have given her the tools and the will to share her music.
Helena Deland’s latest two couplets from Vol. I and II , ‘There Are a Thousand’, ‘Perfect Weather For A Crime’, ‘Take It All’, and ‘Body Language’, are poetic, catchy, and undeniably magnetic. Helena’s voice runs shivers down spines and guides her self-described “sincere pop” to a completely irresistible state. Her songwriting sounds like a more melodically driven Courtney Barnett, equipped with clever word play and lush rock instrumentation.