Someone New

Helena Deland - Someone New
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #100 / 809
User Score
Based on 227 ratings
2020 Ratings: #75
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The Line of Best Fit

After the last notes fade to black, the ghost of Someone New continues to haunt you — it’s an utterly unforgettable record.

Like a parcel of breakup roses compressed into a confetti cannon, Helena Deland's debut album is explosive, belaboured and totally intoxicating.
Northern Transmissions
It is an assured collection of music from an artist that is perceptive and immensely skilled and it is one of the best records you will hear this year.
Loud and Quiet
Helena Deland gets incredibly close to penning the perfect pop album for the current moment.
Her ability to combine woozy guitars with killer synths and endlessly catchy melodies hasn’t disappeared, only softened and matured.
Her songs are like islands: self-contained, gorgeous little worlds where nothing is obvious—especially the genesis of love and its unsteady first steps.
Beats Per Minute

There is a haunting beauty to the music of Someone New that’s oddly enticing. You can feel the songs dragging you closer, like an unexplainable desire to explore the unknown.


Throughout Someone New, on top of its hypnotic mix of the strange and familiar, Deland's vulnerable voice helps make her self-conscious, searching commentaries all the more engrossing.

These 13 tracks reveal her considerable creative talents.
It takes one line from Someone New, the debut record of Helena Deland, to suck you in. The song starts with a droning hum, with Deland suddenly appearing with the line "If I could have every thought" in this hypnotic tone like a siren leading you into the deep waters. The song in itself is a perfect encapsulation of what the rest of the record would sound like going forward, as Deland shifts a minute in towards something a little more bridging on indie pop, with delicate guitar ... read more
Someone New has some beautiful moments and great songs, but her sound doesn’t feel fully realized yet. Her vocals remind me of Lana and Billie Eilish, but the songwriting isn’t as interesting to me. The production is nice, but the songs themselves end up being a little boring and sleepy overall. She definitely has talent and potential, but this is just a little too forgettable, even if pretty decent.
Helena Deland's whispery vocals seamlessly fall back into the deep layers of experimental dream pop production without becoming reliant on a constant soundscape. She leaves space between verses; the synths complement her echoey background vocals often. There aren't too many catchy hooks here, but they remind of other indie acts in a similar lane when they appear. On Truth Nugget, we start with a rumbling snare into the bassline and droning synths as she sings of emotional vulnerability. Then ... read more
Helena Deland's version of hypnagogic rock music is constantly transforming; songs mutate between amorphous singer-songwriter ballads and cathartic slow rock anthems. Deland carves out her sonic space in similar ways to artists like Julia Jacklin and Gia Margaret. These 'sleep rock' artists (A term Margaret coined to describe her music) explore intimacy through woozy, laid-back rock songs that are in no rush. They are both sleepy in sound and in sentiment, for through this hazy reverie Deland ... read more
Somber music with very much heart. Helena Deland express herself with poetry and subtle touches, this could be an ordinary folk/indie rock album but it has its own soul. I found the production to be very consistent. So is everything else in this intriguing debut album.
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Track List

  1. Someone New
  2. Truth Nugget
  3. Dog
  4. Fruit Pit
  5. Pale
  6. Comfort, Edge
  7. The Walk Home
  8. Seven Hours
  9. Smoking at the Gas Station
  10. Lylz
  11. Mid-Practice
  12. Clown Neutral
  13. Fill the Rooms
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Added on: August 11, 2020