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Helena Deland
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Helena Deland’s password playlist

Following the release of her debut album Someone New, the Montreal songwriter compiles ‘a playlist of songs I think are worthy of being passwords – the kind of vibes I feel downright devotional towards’

Have you ever looked at a song title and thought: ‘That’d be a memorable password’? Helena Deland has. The Montreal songwriter describes her new playlist for Dazed as a collection of songs whose titles are all worthy of opening locked doors.

“All my passwords are song titles,” she says. “The choice always depends on what song I’m most obsessed with at the moment I have to come up with one. I made a playlist of songs I think are worthy of being passwords – the kind of vibes I feel downright devotional towards.”

That said, if you’re thinking of using this playlist to break into Deland’s eBay account, then maybe think again. “I should probably never resort to any of these after this,” she laughs. “I’ve also been careful not to include any of my current passwords... so maybe this playlist should be called ‘Second-tier Password options’, or ‘Almost worthy of being passwords’. But honestly, just putting it together I’m thinking: help yourselves, some of these are just too precious to waste!”

Deland compiled the playlist following the release of her debut album, Someone New. Arriving two years on from when we first interviewed her, the album expands on the sophisticated songwriting and lush sonics that she first demonstrated on her stellar Altogether Unaccompanied series of EPs. Coinciding with Someone New’s release Deland is also selling limited edition tote bags for her song “Lylz”, with proceeds going to Taking What We Need, a fund for trans people in Montreal (Tiotia:ke).

Check out her password playlist below.