We spoke to Montréal’s enigmatic singer and songwriter Helena Deland ahead of her show at London’s Sebright arms to find out a little more about what does (and doesn’t) make her tick.

Helena releases her new EP ‘From a Series of Songs Altogether Unaccompanied Vol III and IV tomorrow via Luminelle Recordings. 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, Deland 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,” Helena says about her unconventional release structure. “They are part of something larger, yes, but they live on their own.” You can listen to the latest track ‘Lean On You’ below.

Helena’s tour kicks off this weekend including a show at London’s Sebright Arms on 24th October. We caught up with the singer to find out a little bit more about what does (and doesn’t) make her tick.

If I had to describe our music in 3 words, I’d use…
Slow soft inward

My favourite film ever is…
!!! Don’t think I’ll ever have an answer to that question

The most famous person I’ve met is…
I opened for John Cale at Pop Montreal in 2017, and although I can’t say I properly met him, I mistook his platter of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a common offering and that’s how close I got to having a personal encounter with him.

The best venue I’ve played so far is…
I had a great time at the Forum in Tunbridge Wells

The song I hate the most is…
Mambo number 5

The Worst Job I’ve ever had is…
I was a waitress for a day in a restaurant that was a front for money laundering

If I was in a tribute band it would be a….
The Cure tribute

My Favourite word is….
Hi 😉

If I had a super power I’d want it to be….
The power to fly

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Buenos Aires

I think you should listen to… 
Tirzah

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Debussy

 

Helena plays live at London’s Sebright Arms on 24th October 2018.