Fresh from the success of The Break EP, London based singer-songwriter Helene Greenwood releases ‘In The Sunshine’ – the first single taken from her upcoming debut album, ‘Collectable You.’
The Calum MacColl (Son of folk legends Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger) produced single is released on WASHAWAY RECORDS on 23rd SEPTEMBER.
Watch the video for ‘In The Sushine’ below
With a soft melancholic piano and a haunting vocal reminiscent of Regina Spektor, ‘In The Sunshine’ showcases the fragility of Helene’s voice whilst also illustrating her strength as an intelligent song-writer.
“I wrote the song in one day,” says Helene. “And I found the meaning became more apparent throughout the course of the day. It’s about the nature of time. How it can pass gradually as if on a Summer’s day and then seem faster as people’s lives pass by. I love the contradiction in this.”
This is echoed in the accompanying video, a collaboration between Helene and North London based artist Rebecca Lennon. Shot on Hampstead Heath during a hot hazy London day, the video compliments the song’s dreamlike quality, whilst adding a sense of nostalgia. “We used lots of old family Polaroid shots to create a strange, dislocated world,” says Helene. “We wanted to it feel like you’re looking into all these people’s lives.”
Born and raised in Dover, Helene grew up listening to her grandfather playing Scott Joplin & Bach, whilst her father played her the likes of Doris Day, Stranglers, Kate Bush & The Beatles. At the age of 6 she was already playing the piano, on which she continued to excel throughout school, before at 18 going to study at the Royal Academy of Music. After fine-tuning her technical ability she then enrolled in another course at Royal Holloway, where she developed her performance style.
But then life got in the way. Making music was put on hold, whilst parenthood took over, becoming a music teacher alongside raising her family. After the birth of her daughter, Helene took another look at her life and began to write music again, “I didn’t want to teach anymore. I re-assessed and decided that only ‘you’ can make things happen.”
‘In The Sunshine’ is the first single to be taken from Helene debut album “Collectable You”, released 7th October. Calum MacColl takes the role as producer while also playing on the album, accompanied by world roots drummer Martyn Barker (Billy Bragg/Beth Gibbons), James Hallawell (The Waterboys) on keyboards and the atmospheric bass playing of Arnulf Lindler (KT Tunstall). “I cannot wait for people to hear my message and music,” says Helene. “It’s been a long time coming.