Helvetia Announces New Album ‘Essential Aliens’, Unveils Lead Single ‘New Mess’

    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:

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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