Helenor takes us away in an ‘Ocean State’ of mind



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For some, the Ocean State is simply Rhode Island and all its wonder and glory. For Helenor, “Ocean State” is much more –it’s “a state of mind.” That’s the sentiment that first greets us lyrically on Helenor’s debut single, aptly titled “Ocean State,” which introduces us to this project from Boston-based visual artist David DiAngelis. “Ocean State” has a light, magical, casually psychedelic guitar-pop float to it, and sets an intriguing tone for Helenor’s forthcoming something twice LP, which was predominantly written, recorded, and engineered at Helenor’s home studio in Brighton and co-produced by Seth Kasper (Hooray for Earth, Wild Light). “It is the product of a patient process, influenced by the various details that home recording reveals,” the album’s press notes tell us. “Inspiration for the record came from discographies across multiple genres. From the early days of Beck to Fleetwood Mac, Frank Ocean, Deerhunter, Ricky Nelson, Elliot Smith and more — each musician casting its own indelible mark. The final result is a lovingly crafted collection.” It’s an attention-getting debut from Helenor, and we suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more from DiAngelis’ musical output in the coming months. In the mean time, drift away with “Ocean State” below. Featured image by Jocelyn Silverlight.