January 11, 2019
Max Helgemo’s “New License” confronts anxiety about the future in a short impressionistic journey through his over-analytical mind. “I’m obsessed with time; How I use it or how well I use it. It’s exhausting… I wanted to write something I could carry with me as a friendly reminder to enjoy the present”. Driven by an intricate acoustic guitar line and emanating percussive hits, this indie folk song gradually dovetails into a shower of electric guitar parts. At the center, Helgemo’s voice offers his brief bed-ridden perspective and one follow-up message of reassurance: “You say, today.”
self-released 2017 EP: 25k+ Spotify streams. Inclusion on multiple tastemaker playlists including Acusticos (41k+ followers) and cry yourself to sleep (23k+ followers)
For the last three years, Max Helgemo has walked hospital hallways as a working musician in residence, playing songs for patients. His musical style has grown out of the intimacy of these often one-on-one performances, with early comparisons to Gregory Alan Isakov and Iron & Wine. Helgemo’s 2019 recordings take a decidedly new direction, nodding to Bon Iver and Lord Huron as influences in their use of hazy choral voices and subtle synth textures to create indie folk landscapes.
Helgemo has played shows around Florida for years and recently opened for folk duo Cicada Rhythm on their national tour. He self-records between hospital shifts, honing songs to take on the road for a handful of 2019 tours.