Helsinki is Drew McConnell’s side-project away from his main day-job in Babyshambles. Album ‘A Guide For The Perplexed’ will be out later in February on Fierce Panda and we’ve got the first listen of new music. Hear the warmly melodic ‘Rising Heights’ below. McConnell gathered together a colourful salmagundi of musicians for the new albums including drummer Seb Roachford (Polar Bear), bassist Spencer Brown, guitarist Matt Park (Mystery Jets) and keyboardist Stephen Large (Squeeze, Paul Heaton) but his sweet-tinged vocals are right at the forefront of the new single iced with a killer Radioheadesque bridge.
“The guys that play in Helsinki are all my closest friends, really,” he said. “Besides being the folks I look up to the most musically they’re also the folks I drink with, go on writing holidays with, walk in parks talking about girls, art, politics, arguments, breakfast cereals, astronomy and dishwater tablets with. They’re the people that populate my life – I share a flat with two of them. The record makes me so happy because I hear their personalities all over it.”