You’ll recognise Helsinki’s main man, Drew McConnell, from his time playing bass in Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles. What you might not realise, though, is he’s been doing his own thing for years now. ‘A Guide For The Perplexed’ is his second solo album, recorded with Mark Rankin (who’s also worked with giants like QOTSA and Adele), which offers an expanded portal into McConnell’s creative endeavours. Reggae (‘Choices’) and folk (‘Rising Heights’) mix in a way that feels completely organic while guest spots from Doherty, Albert Hammond Jr and more give extra edge to proceedings.
‘A Guide For The Perplexed’ is released on March 2 via Fierce Panda. Helsinki will play the 100 Club that night and you can get your tickets here.