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video: Helena Deland – Claudion

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Montreal’s Helena Deland shares the heartwarming video for one of the many highlights from her “Altogether Unaccompanied” series of songs — which was recently reviewed by Pitchfork, who effused, “her melodies and arrangements are almost unfailingly captivating” — starring Helena and her cousin Claudia busting the kind of sweet familial dance moves that only cousins can pull off. Directed + edited by Bronwyn Ford, concept by Helena Deland, director of photography Hugo Bernier, choreography by Rachel Giles. Helena talks about how the song and its video were inspired by her relationship with her cousin:

“The song is overall about the constancy of my relying on and trusting in my cousin Claudia. I marvel at how our relationship has remained essentially similar going through the extremes of childhood and adolescence and into the heavier nuances of adulthood. I have no footage of the choreography we’d make up and practice for months before we’d present them to our dads’ side of the family at Christmas, so this is a selfish homage to one of the ways we’d spend endless time around the age of 10.”

Watch below, pick up From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. I-IV here, and catch Helena live in Paris on Halloween at Pitchfork Avant-Garde.

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