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Someone New

by Helena Deland

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Nick Angelo
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Nick Angelo Dreamy, wet and organic. I enjoyed this record very much. Thanks.
Steven Moses
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Steven Moses Immaculately performed and stunningly crafted indie rock. What makes this stand above the usual chill-fare is the poetry, especially on the opening track. Favorite track: Someone New.
Tom 7
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Tom 7 Excellent all the way through! Favorite track: Lylz.
MKN
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MKN 上品さと狂気が混ざった音は、どんな音なのだろう?正直、Helena Delandの飛躍に驚きを隠せない。約2年ぶりの作品にしてデビュー・フルアルバムは、愛とか夢とかそういうものじゃなくて「自己考察」や「他人(または男性)から見た自分」「ジェンダー」を描いた作品。肖像画のようなジャケットは、まさしく自分自身を写す鏡。これまでは、シンプルなフォークサウンド、そしてインディーポップさが際立つSSWというくくりにいたが、今作で一気に飛躍した。クラシックなフォークサウンドに畳み掛けるようなビートが真新しい「Someone New」。インディーフォーク・シーンでのとても大きな意味のある作品になると断言できる。 Favorite track: Someone New.
Joe Borreson
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Joe Borreson Helena crafts songs of fraught emotion and moments of vulnerability that are bare and beautiful and haunting, but with just enough of a veil as to make them more universal. Incredibly recorded, with enough variety in song structure to keep ones ears perked. Congratulations on a most wonderful debut full length, Helena! Favorite track: Smoking at the Gas Station.
matt smith
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matt smith Stunning songwriting. Beautiful vocals. A hazy, heartfelt record that rewards attentive listening. One of the most anticipated records of the year for me, and it has fulfilled every expectation. Favorite track: Someone New.
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1.
Someone New 03:49
If I could have every thought As though for the first time I'd never get sick of The patterns of my mind But I am stuck If things go my way I’ll stay in this room Where tonight I want to lay Kissing someone new With a familiar face I can’t replace Because remembering, no It hasn’t been enough It’s like the partial glow A bright flower gives off At night Color imprecise What if I told you It’ll all just end the same And then turned to you Showed you my game You’d believe I’m stuck Until I get ahold of A stranger to remind me I don’t contain the world It is outside, can’t I see? And in it I’m this lucky girl And how to play my role 'Til I get too old By then remembering, oh It better be enough I'll be covered head to toe In the faded flower patterns of Memories Of nights like these Of good times passed I'll be home at last And I will give Myself a fucking break If things go my way I'll stay in this room Where again I want to lay Kissing someone new Who tells me Something pretty So that I too Can feel like someone New
2.
Truth Nugget 04:41
You shed all your layers And become a truth nugget My desperately open boy You say you can’t hold anything back It’s a habit You say what’s on your mind Whatever’s on your mind Now you haven’t got anything on It’s a habit That dies hard Watch me do my makeup and hair While you make up hypotheses out of thin air I am another solid mystery when it comes to you Michael, I’m the puzzle in the other room Mountain park The gate where you stand guard And spread a blanket So you have it In case I come around Festively clothed We’ll shed layers and expose The naked landscapes of our minds We’ll crack open our minds I am one to keep everything on It’s a habit That dies hard Watch me do my makeup and hair While you make up hypotheses out of thin air I am another solid mystery when it comes to you Michael, I’m the puzzle in the other room
3.
Dog 03:52
Before you get to the party You want to know how it’ll end Cause your time is precious, babe And you’ve got so many friends Show up like a vision With the dance moves to impress But your quest for divination Is what I like the best Take me by the hand, Take me where I want to go I was told to lead But I need to follow you Bright wave I will let you get away Hey, I will behave And I will let you get away With every little thing that you want to do It might not be you for me but it is me for you And I hate to be your dog But I’ve got everything to gain From your hand on my head Like I’m about to be trained Pleasure pleases better When it comes from every side But there’s nowhere left to run No, there is nowhere to hide You wave and chear Neverending will to charm Then you shade a single tear You never meant any harm Lying on your bed You said you gave all you could give Ask me to come over And give you reasons to live Bright wave I will let you get away Hey, I will forgive And I will let you get away With every little thing that you want to do It might not be you for me but it is me for you When you ask me 
“Dear, Who’s the fairest one of all?” Who gets to be your mirror If I’m the nail on the wall? I hate to be your dog But I could use the company To go out with on walks Baby, let it be me I hate to be your dog
4.
Fruit Pit 03:16
Whose is this? Not mine I’d like to use it from time to time If I lay down I’m fine Read there and smoke A day’s worth of work Gone through steady and slow Invisible If you go anywhere Will you take me? And if you lost me there Would you know where to find me? Tired and true Shrinking so small You could fit me into Something that belongs to you Your red fanny pack Fruit pit Covered in spit No one to see Or interpret my body And if you go to the show Will you wake me? Tell me and nobody else Let’s not tell anybody
5.
Pale 03:01
Spending this much time In my naked body’s Not making it familiar to me Trying to get used to it, I read what's on me See-through blue’s the colour True love leaves in tiny Marks, gone so soon Quiet stars in mid-afternoon, Pale “It doesn’t make me feel young” I say “It’s something more motherly” I’ll leave in his arms if it’s not I who has to carry When the night rolls in a tongue that holds me softly I'll melt into sleep and then am told a different story In dreams gone so soon Roaring streams taking me to you Pale Pale Pale Pale Gone
6.
(I can never know for sure just what you do Unless I stick around and see it through It doesn't ever matter what you say It always ends up going either way) (So much later I've gotten used to your sheets It wakes me up, I can't sleep And so I reach for A tall glass of water Sip at it watch you dream And all the secrets you keep They make me wonder) You'll never make a fool of me No, You'll never make a fool of me You'll make it so It's easy for me to get away from you Without me having to tell you Where I go or what I do And all the while protecting and giving me security I never have to doubt when I come back You'll still be there for me Give me comfort, give me edge Make it easy, make me beg Let me come for calm and peace Never stop surprising me I see your face in the mirror As it puts on the expression It only has in reflexions And I know I'm scared of going further Into what you choose to show me A trail of hints I can't see: You'll fuck me over You'll never make a fool of me No, You'd never make a fool of me You'll make it so It's easy for me to get away from you Without me having to tell you Where I go or what I do And all the while protecting and giving me security I never have to doubt when I come back You'll still be there for me Give me comfort, give me edge Make it easy, make me beg Let me come for calm and peace Never stop surprising me
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Seven Hours 02:24
Blood on my thigh You lick your finger I don’t know why I push your hand away Seven-hour drive With nothing to say
9.
Smoking at the gas station Desperate for attention In small gestures of protest Trace the outline of my hand So I’m reminded where I end Say this is no contest To be loved by you I need to get out of the house today To try my face Out on strangers And if anyone’s to look my way I’ll latch onto their gaze Demanding answers How to look more like you? How can everything feel so familiar? Do I have to mourn feeling anything that’s unfamiliar? How can everything seem so familiar? Do I have to mourn? (I can’t seem to let it in To change me again)
10.
Lylz 03:03
Lylz, You don’t need to worry: We’ve got this I’ve got my driver’s license And you will need to practice We’ll leave on the sly Blasting the Boulanger sisters And if one of us dies The other will make sure Her life’s work goes down in history You’ll be famous For burning With desire For everything I don’t need to worry we’ve got this I’m feeling isolated and you’ve got all the gossip Come over make face masks Death masks For future reference A statue will smirk at tourists Sitting on park benches Lylz, Let’s get out of here Yeah, we’ve had it It’s all smoke and mirrors The time has come for us to vanish Burn the bridge to this world Of terrifying uncertainty Step on it: hurl us into Worthwhile mystery You’ll be famous For burning And I’ll be known for My taste in choosing Who’s light mine burns out next to Who I warm my life to For everything
11.
Mid Practice 03:57
I arrange little scenes That I place in between Every moment that I can't control I let hang my head From the edge of the bed When you find me like this You'll know I've been waiting, love I'm used to being the actrice Surprised in mid-practice Rehearsing love 'til it's real And also the audience Before velvet curtains part And finally reveal if i feel anything, Let alone love Can I sink my teeth into your love, please? I've been practicing so long Through and through every layer of you Baby, i could go on and on What i find worst Than a love that hurts when it's captive Is a love that thrives On being the hunter and what it is after's a trophy For its pride Off I go again I've got nothing to do But walk here next to you We will kiss on the streets we don't know Where the light hits us best We've arranged to impress All the things we have to show Off we go again Can I sink my teeth into your love, please? I do want you to the bone Through and through every layer of you Baby, I could go on and on And I would never want to be left alone
12.
Neither bad nor good You can ask me what you should do, I won’t say anything Neither bad nor good Don’t ask yourself too long what you should feel, You can feel anything
13.
Now that you’ve let me You’ve let me inside your head, Did you let yourself forget I was in there and wanted music? Now that you’ve put me You’ve put me in charge of the rest To entertain your guests I will fill the rooms with music You lead me to the basement to Make me your replacement You quit And leave jumping from roof to roof I guess I’ll be the one to choose The last thing you hear Is me screaming “Come back, Fill the empty rooms with music!”

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released October 16, 2020

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