Scott Helman is back, following on from his previous fiery single ‘Wait No More’ which reached #1 most added song at Canadian radio upon its release in May. He contrasts this explosive release with a new, emotionally charged tribute to his beloved Grandfather – ‘Papa’.
‘Papa’ is a raw, uninhibited and incredibly vulnerable offering which highlights another, more intimate and honest side to the artist. The vocals beautifully express the carefully crafted memories which are embedded within the lyricism. Whilst the subtle, yet superbly selected synths set the scene for a memorable alternative, electro pop song.
Combined with an equally as intimate visual, it records a deeply personal first time watch for Scott as he views videos recorded throughout his childhood, with a focus on his bond with his Grandfather.
Ahead if the album, Scott shares,
“This album is mostly about me – my changes, my growth, my hardships, my celebrations, my fears, my courage and my love,” says Scott. “It encapsulates many of the winding roads of my life, how they’ve diverged and converged to create a tapestry, and it documents the lessons that tapestry has taught me. If each person has a sanctuary within – a place they can return to where things make sense, where the tides are kind, where colours are bright and their lives feel meaningful – I think we all have a physical destination to where those things manifest. For me that place was the large park just down the road from my Papa’s house in Sutton, UK – Nonsuch Park. It was here where we would walk and cackle at awful jokes, lean in for the stories, make peace with our busy lives and draw meaning from the lessons we had learned since our last visit (made all the more powerful by the fact that we only had a couple more days together).”
“If my past works have been displays of discovery, this work is a declaration – a declaration of love, meaning, questions and truth, and it is all dedicated to you, Papa. Thank you for helping me piece together the fragments of my life and giving me the space to do it.”
You can watch the video below or listen to ‘Papa’ here.