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  • Writer's pictureAmi Row

5 Songs I Love w/ HELI

Following the release of his single 'A Relationship of Bedrooms', we wanted to catch up with rising artist HELI to learn more about the music that has inspired his unique sound.

Check out his hand picked selection below as well as his new music video for 'A Relationship of Bedrooms'!

1. R.E.M. - Nightswimming

This is certainly the most memory-loaded song of my life. It’s as if with every passing chapter, I need to go back to it and have a night of reckoning. I’ve told people that when I die, this is the song I want playing at my wake. There’s a haunting quality to it that will follow me forever. The idea of a photograph on the dashboard turned around backwards by the reflection is just…

2. Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia

When I left home, I constantly stared at my reflection. In the bathroom. In the hallway. Almost all the time I was in the bathtub, high, listening to the same song on repeat. An hour later, foggy mirror, placated dream, I'd think and repeat everything I thought needed to be repeated. Many nights I held tears back while endlessly murmuring: this is not the end, this is the beginning. This is the song that kept on playing. Ain't no angel gonna greet us here. It's you and I, my friend...

3. Bleachers - Don’t Take The Money

This was one of the last pieces of the puzzle for me when it came to understanding how I wanted to make music. Listening to this song for the first time caused a whirlwind of fun within me, I didn’t know you could just have so much fun making music. I love the way Antonoff seems to sometimes merge two songs into another, just beautiful beautiful transitions.

4. Dominic Fike - 3 Nights

This was the summer of 2021. It was perhaps the first time I heard such unashamedly pop music still being daring and going unexpected ways again and again. The way he used his voice opened my head to how much I could play with it. I don’t listen to the radio so things can hit me pretty late.

5. Frazey Ford - September Fields

It’s just the last song I really liked. It has all the elements I love: a light-headed airy feeling, no choruses, but just a story that goes on and at some point we meet its end. A tiny musical gift wrapped to you and you wouldn’t even know it.

Watch the new music video for 'A Relationship of Bedrooms' below:

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