Helena Deland – ‘Swimmer’

Helena Deland releases a stunning new single, ‘Swimmer’

Helena Deland - 'Swimmer' - The Daily Music Report
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Montreal artist, Helena Deland has released her first single of 2022.

Helena Deland has shared a stunning new single, ‘Swimmer.’ It is her first solo release since her 2020 debut album, Someone New. The stripped-down track has been dedicated to her mother, who passed away last year. Here are Deland’s thoughts about the significant life event:

A little while after finding out that my mother was sick and that our days together were numbered, I went through a fundamental change, faced as I was with the need to reconsider things I had taken for granted. Growing older with her was now an impossible scenario, but I was being offered a suspension, some time to understand and try to change patterns that had been detrimental to our relationship, and to love her how I wished for her to be loved.

I feel that we are in a similar predicament with the world, faced with the climate crisis.

Some losses are too big to wrap our minds around. Here, I am on the beach, watching my mother swim, faced with the immensity of the ocean, of our fragility, riding the troughs of magical thinking and crests of acceptance.

“How detailed and hopeful,
how exact
everything is in the light
on the rippling sand,

at the edge of the turning tide —
its upheaval —
its stunning proposal —
its black, anonymous roar.”
– Mary Oliver, “Clamming”, Dream Work

‘Swimmer’ arrives just over a week before the Canadian artist heads out on her 2022 tour. The headlining tour also includes dates in support of The Weather Station and Andy Shauf.

Watch the self-directed video below.

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