Coleman Hell Says “2 Heads” Describes a Relationship that “Doesn’t Really Make Sense”

Credit: Timothy SaccentiColeman Hell's self-titled EP, featuring the hit single "2 Heads, is released today. On "2 Heads," which currently sits in the top 10 at Alternative radio, Hell sings, "Our love is like a monster with two heads and one heartbeat." As Hell tells ABC Radio, that evocative image comes from his own relationship experiences.

"I think it's just a situation I've found myself in a number of times in my life where you're involved with someone, and maybe it doesn't really make sense, or it's not ideal," he explains. "But there's something there, like some sort of spark where it's like magnetic and you can't really pull apart."

While a "monster with two heads" doesn't sound like a description for the happiest of relationships, Hell believes that the line can be interpreted in a "few different ways."

"It could be monstrous in like a really negative way, or it could also just be monstrous in like a passionate way where it's like you're just sort of this beast of energy or something," Hell says. "So I don't think it's completely negative."

"I've heard some people have told me they've used it for their first dance at a wedding and stuff," he adds.

"2 Heads" is an electronic-based song, but it has a folksy feel -- à la Avicii's "Wake Me Up" -- thanks to a periodic banjo riff throughout the track. Hell grew up hearing roots music, and that's stuck with him even as he's pursued electronic music.

"I've come to a point in my life where I'm trying to mix together what inspired me when I was young but mix it with the way I make music, so like on computers with synthesizers," Hell tells ABC Radio.

With the EP now out, Hell is looking forward to his debut full-length album, which is due next year. He describes Coleman Hell as a "good bridge" to the sounds of the album.

"I've recorded a lot of it already," Hell says of the full-length album. "It's more diving completely into the idea of the '2 Heads' sound and making stuff sound more kind of a mix between organic and electronic, but still the same type of songwriting." 

Hell will be touring with fellow electronic artist Robert DeLong starting October 28 in Toronto.

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