Helenor – “Ocean State”

David DiAngelis' New Single from his New Band


Photography by Glorimar Gonzalez & Jocelyn Silverlight
Artwork & Design by David DiAngelis

When listening to Helenor’s latest single, “Ocean State,” an abrupt, but effective guitar-led opening greets the listener. The swells of sound not only places the listener in a daze, but also sets the atmosphere for a fresh and unique dream-pop experience.

The single is from Helenor’s upcoming debut LP, “something twice,” which was produced and recorded at the home of Boston-based visual artist and vocalist, David DiAngelis. Following its trance-like opening, “Ocean State” presents mild, psychedelic and slide guitar influences for the track’s runtime. Here, Helenor creates an atmosphere that’s necessary for light head bobbing and body swaying being driven by Seth Kasper’s (Mass Gothic) drumming.

The single also features DiAngelis’ nonchalant and relaxed vocals, which complement the track’s dreamy tones. In the single, DiAngelis sings about elderly neighbors, sea waves and breaking free from depression. At the track’s core, the lyrics make a case for freedom and highlight the importance of toughing out less-than-ideal situations.

Near its conclusion, the single features a melodic and soothing guitar solo that’s worthy of a listen. Though the album is set to drop at a fall record release show, get lost in the harmonious waves of “Ocean State.”

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