AOTY 2023

Someone New

Helena Deland - Someone New
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #111 / 868
User Score
Based on 271 ratings
2020 Ratings: #157
Liked by 26 people
October 16, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Luminelle / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
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.

90
Exclaim!
Like a parcel of breakup roses compressed into a confetti cannon, Helena Deland's debut album is explosive, belaboured and totally intoxicating.
90
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.
80
Loud and Quiet
Helena Deland gets incredibly close to penning the perfect pop album for the current moment.
80
Clash
Her ability to combine woozy guitars with killer synths and endlessly catchy melodies hasn’t disappeared, only softened and matured.
79
Pitchfork
Her songs are like islands: self-contained, gorgeous little worlds where nothing is obvious—especially the genesis of love and its unsteady first steps.
72
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.

70
PopMatters
These 13 tracks reveal her considerable creative talents.
70
AllMusic

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.

MasterCrackfox
78

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

Case
65

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.

kevtho
76

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

80

Nice

Squooshy
59

- Review #4 -

This is fine, a bit forgettable, but I'm sleepy now...

Listening to the JPEGMAFIA album, then this back-to-back is giving me severe whiplash. I had come into this project with high-ish expectations (not so high that it's unreasonable, but high enough that I was expecting something pretty good) due to her great feature on "Free The Frail". As her section of the peggy track was serene and pretty, it was enough to convince me to check out this project.

What my brain ... read more

holsgr
30

questionable (★★☆☆☆)

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Track List

1Someone New
3:49
86
2Truth Nugget
4:41
79
3Dog
3:52
74
4Fruit Pit
3:16
67
5Pale
3:01
72
6Comfort, Edge
3:43
72
7The Walk Home
2:29
66
8Seven Hours
2:24
67
9Smoking at the Gas Station
4:33
72
10Lylz
3:03
79
11Mid Practice
3:57
79
12Clown Neutral
4:42
76
13Fill the Rooms
4:15
67
Total Length: 47 minutes
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Added on: August 11, 2020