Helvetia, the solo project of Duster’s Jason Albertini, has announced his tenth album Essential Aliens. Recorded in Albertini’s basement in Portland, Oregon, the follow-up to last year’s This Devastating Map is out June 25 via Joyful Noise Recordings. Lead single ‘New Mess’ comes with an accompanying music video created by Albertini and inspired by a dream in which his life is turned upside down by a series of events orchestrated by a ghost. Check it out below, along with the album’s cover artwork.
Albertini formed Helvetia in 2005 after Duster went on hiatus and was also a bassist for Built to Spill from 2012 to 2018. Since then, the project has featured a rotating cast of band members and collaborators, which now include Albertini’s Built to Spill collaborator Steve Gere and Samantha Stidham.
Essential Aliens Cover Artwork: