A new year is upon us which means another year to discover a new artist. The first one of the year for us is Helen McCreary.

McCreary isn’t your ordinary singer-songwriter. She is an archaeologist by training, having traveled the globe in search for old artifacts. This included spending time in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she spent several months assisting with recovery efforts following the devastating earthquake in 2011. It was at this time that McCreary found something of extraordinary significance of her own – inspiration for her to pursue her other love – music.

In August 2015, she released her debut EP, Kaikoura, named after the beautiful coastal town on New Zealand’s South Island. She’s now preparing to launch her first full-length album, The Lovely Days, next month. The first single is “Heart Beats”, a track that she first wrote in Aotearoa. “Heart Beats” is a minimalist folk tune, yet haunting and hypnotic from the chilling sound of McCreary’s voice and the slow strikes of the cello. If this is the lasting imprint left from McCreary’s explorations, then music has found itself a new gem.

The Lovely Days, arrives on Friday, February 5. Pre-order the album today via Bandcamp and get “Heart Beats” now. The album will also be available for pre-order on iTunes on Saturday.

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Website – helenmccreary.com
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Twitter – @mcHelenmusic
Instagram – @mcHelenmusic

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