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New Release: Helsinki “Rising Heights”

Rising Heights is the new single from Drew McConnell’s, HELSINKI. His new album, A Guide For The Perplexed will be out March 2nd.
As the name may suggest Drew McConnell’s HELSINKI is the side project of Drew McConnell, bass player for BabyshamblesRising Heights Artwork.
Besides A Guide For The Perplexed including guest artists such as Pete Doherty, Albert Hammond Jr, Fionn Regan and Emma Gillespie. The free-flowing HELSINKI band vibe incorporates the stellar talents of drummer Seb Roachford (Polar Bear), bassist Spencer Brown, guitarist Matt Park (Mystery Jets), keyboardist Stephen Large (Squeeze, Paul Heaton), percussionist Jamie Morrison (The Noisettes, Stereophonics) and violinists Johnny Fielding (Larrikin Love) and Gillian Maguire (Soko, Swim Deep).
A Guide For The Perplexed was recorded live over two days in Ben Hillier’s studio, the Pool Room in Bermondsey, by engineer Mark Rankin (Adele, QOTSA, Florence & The Machine).
“I guess you could say it was produced by me,” says Drew, “But really I just played the guys the chords a couple of times on the acoustic guitar and told them loosely how I’d imagined it to sound arrangement-wise. I know all these guys so well and have played with them all so much that we have a kind of shorthand with each other musically. It didn’t even strike me as an odd way to do it until I’d spoken to people about it afterwards. It does give the recordings a certain freshness though, as for everyone in the room the songs were literally brand new. The parts you’re hearing are being imagined, executed and recorded all at once.”
Have a listen below.

 Catch Helsinki perform at
Club Fandango & fierce panda present
Pandamonium ’15 Day Five
Wednesday January 14th 2015
London Hackney Sebright Arms (31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG)
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