After a two year hiatus Hannah Lou Clark has returned with a compelling, genre-crossing EP containing a lead track with the sort of punch one would normally expect from heavy-weight boxer.
The artist’s previous project ‘Foe’ ended towards the end of 2012, which surprised many considering her impressive ‘Bad Dream Hotline’ LP, and one assumed that may have been her lot. However, credit where credit is due as she has now returned, minus the ‘Foe’ moniker and PJ Harvey comparisons, with an impressive and fresh new sound that eclipses her previous releases.
Written and recorded whilst living above a Quaker meeting house, this debut EP takes inspiration from the bizarre intensity of the silent worship happening below.
Clark set up a home studio to record the EP using a combination of digital and analogue technology – a 4 track tape machine and her computer. “My aim was to capture the sound of the house. Every little detail is picked up, squeezed and distorted, a bit like the lyrics. At the start of ‘My Game’ for instance you can hear my housemate and his girlfriend playing a flute through the wall… It was an oddly meditative space, but it became my private sanctuary. It allowed my thoughts to swirl and the louder ideas to bubble to the surface.”
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The ‘Silent Type’ EP lands on the 24th November 2014, via Gravy Records\Quatre Femmes Records. The EP’s lead track ‘Silent Type’ is already causing somewhat of a stir culminating in recommendations from both Guy Garvey and Steve Lamacq. It’s a punchy, sassy number that wouldn’t have been out of place on The Kills 2008 ‘Midnight Boom’ LP.
‘Kids in Heat’ offers a slight change in direction while still maintaining the dark, hardened instrumentation but cleverly using uplifting vocals, showcasing Clark’s impressive range. Its clever song writing and production values clearly confirm that this is an artist reborn. ‘My Game’ brings the EP to a steady climax and is the most melodic track on show, using its aforementioned atmospheric qualities to create something warm, comfortable and familiar.
Hannah Lou Clark will be playing a one off show at St Pancras Old Church on December 1st with support coming from ‘I Have a Tribe’ and GAPS.