Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cassette Review:
Helena Deland
"From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. I & II"

$7 // //

"From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. I & II" is a collection of four songs, two per side on this cassette, and so I assume this means there are also only two songs per volume.   Based on the title this just seems like it should be a much larger collection of music- maybe even a double cassette, I don't know- but who am I to decide what an artist does.

On Side A, which would be Vol. I, the songs are upbeat.   It has this feeling like No Doubt, but, you know, that album that came after the one with "Just A Girl" on it.   There are also slight hints of Sheryl Crow, which is not a bad thing.   Usually I see Sheryl Crow in a RIYL field and run the other way but this is one time her name comes out and I think it's acceptable.

The flip side opens with a song which is a bit more like PJ Harvey, with melodies, beats and just this overall darkness to it.    By the last side you'll hear this certain amount of guitar based soul that will have you thinking of the 1990's and though the comparison point might be different for you I'm feeling a Tracy Chapman vibe.

Most artists have various influences but they all reside within the same genre.   It's easy enough to put someone in comparison with three or four artists under the rock banner and yet have this new sound created still because most genres are vast.   Helena Deland doesn't just span across different artists within the same genres, but rather this music spans across genres itself and if you're looking for something geniune this is where it's at.

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