Today Helena Deland shares the intimate, heartfelt, chilling new single Swimmer. The song is dedicated to her mother who sadly passed away last year and comes accompanied by a video that Helena filmed and directed using footage taken while flying over the St. Lawrence River via helicopter.
Helena shares: “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,
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”, Dreamwork
The release of Swimmer follows the celebrated debut full-length, 2020’s Someone New (Luminelle) and comes just before Helena embarks on an extensive tour which begins next week and includes headlining dates in Los Angeles and New York City, along with dates supporting The Weather Station and Andy Shauf, the latter of which will continue on with an overseas run that will keep Helena on the road through May of 2022.