“At Your Feet” is taken from Helen Paradise‘s debut EP, External World, out this fall.
Sophie Ogilvie, Chris Steward, and Markus Stahl have been playing on stage together since 2015. Nevertheless, they only started to work on their debut EP as Helen Paradise in 2019, spending years trying to figure out their musical DNA, evolving from synthpop and tongue-in-cheek disco pastiche to indie with more live instrumentation. With “At Your Feet,” a dreamy offering that balances between surf-rock and indie-pop, they seem to have found their path. Drawing influences from trip hop, prog rock, and avant-pop, their forthcoming debut EP, External World, promises quite a journey.
Composed at a time where Sharon Van Etten‘s anthemic “Seventeen” was in full swing, their (re)introduction track “At Your Feet” channels the same introspective nostalgia. “Feeling haunted by my teenage ambitions, I began to write a different kind of letter to my past self (albeit a relatively recent past); one of resentment and spite,” explained lead singer Sophie Ogilvie. “I drew a picture of a young woman full of artistic enthusiasm, yet unaware of her naivety and lack of focus.” Montreal is definitely THE city for the fans of dreamy indie pop, and Helen Paradise are here to perpetuate this atmospheric pop legacy.