A project whose genesis came from a sense of personal drift after her debut collection of songs a couple of years ago, Someone New is the debut album proper from Helena Deland. A songwriter whose style drifts between classic folk and somnambulant, Cocteaus-esque pop, it’s an impressionistic album examining personality and agency.
Debut album from Anemone, a group project emerging from cold-but-creative Montreal. Beat My Distance is, however, as bright and excited as the pastel-coloured cover art, with sunny guitar tones and a psychedelic mood, led by the pop vocals and sharp lyricism of Chloe Soldevila. Released by Luminelle Recordings.
Yes, we know there’s a lot of bedroom synth-pop knocking about these days, but just hear us out for a second. This one’s good. No really, it is. Helena Deland is a very engaging presence on the five songs that make up From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. III & IV. ‘Claudion’, for instance, is like being stared at really intensely by Ezra Koenig as he recorded ‘Diplomat’s Son’. You can’t tear your eyes away.
Luminelle Recordings did good earlier this year when they released an excellent bedroom pop record from Helena Deland. This, the eponymous debut EP from Das Body (great name), is also pretty decent. The four tracks here are politely funky synth-pop with a bit of a Christine & The Queens thing going on. Numbers like 'Boys' also sound a little like that surprisingly good Paramore album which came out recently.
Dreamy bedroom pop and lo-fi hip-hop beats from Los Angeles based Hana Vu. Despite only being 17, Vu's been writing music for years, and has even collaborated with Willow Smith. On How Many Times Have You Driven BY she explores the knife-edge that is solitude, in which Vu has found a place to pursue her craft. On Luminelle Recordings, a new Fat Possum offshoot.