Scott Helman rallies against boredom with rock-pop anthem “Old Friends”

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“Guess you could say I’m better now, better than lying in a ditch, but I miss my old friends, does it ever get better?”

Scott Helman – Old Friends

Those are the words of Canadian songwriter Scott Helman from his newest single “Old Friends”, a burst of emotion that was born out of boredom in the studio and restlessness in life as a whole. That’s not to say that Scott Helman isn’t happy, he seems to be doing pretty well for himself, if we take social media and Spotify streams at face value. What’s happening here is the musician is missing the hell-or-high-water lifestyle that he used to have: bad decisions, late nights, wild friends and an intoxicant or two. 

He clearly isn’t shy about sharing his experience, but more than that, “Old Friends” is an excellent pop song. The whole thing undulates with an array of sonic textures, from the pensive piano and emotive singer-songwriter opening to the electro-pop refrain and then launching into the heavy-handed rock-pop chorus. It’s as though this artist is tracing his past, present and future through these styles.

Whatever Scott Helman has up his sleeve next, we know we’re going to love it, and word on the grapevine is that there will be a new album this year. So stay tuned!

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Words Daisy Lipsey