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Hannah in the Wars - Single Review: Glory

19 Nov 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
New Zealand singer songwriter Hannah Curwood of alternative post-punk band Hannah In The Wars, has released a new single called Glory.

Hannah has an impressive body of work, both solo and with her band. She has previously released two solo albums (Sky Above, Horse Below in 2007 and The Blind Love EP in 2009) and the self-titled album in 2015 Hannah In The Wars. Hannah has collaborated with some incredible musicians along the way; Roger O’Donnell (The Cure), Shayne Carter (Dimmer, Straightjacket Fits) and Graeme Downes (The Verlaines), among others. However, the distinctive sound she produces solo is also enchanting.

Glory has a mystical feel to it, there is a recurrent almost trance like arrangement of lyrics which was written "as an antidote, to give a voice to a child that never was." The song writing is original with a theatrical complexity.

Hannah’s music is unique. Her vocals are very distinct. As I have never heard any of Hannah In The Wars' music before, to put Glory into perspective I took to Spotify to get a handle on their sound - eclectic, original and haunting. Their musical style is as unconventional and diverse as the artists who they are inspired by (Nick Cave, Lana Del Ray and Kate Bush).

This track is delivered with vehement intensity and passion. Hannah Curwood has created a striking single with Glory. I will be listening to more Hannah In The Wars in the future.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Hannah in the Wars

Songwriter Hannah Curwood originates from the stark, remote region of Central Otago in New Zealand.

Previously Hannah has released 2 records, Sky Above, Horse Below (2007) and The Blind Love EP (2009). Both received to resounding critical acclaim, tracks such as murder ballad It's Been Snowing All Winter brought attention to Hannah's use of dark lyrics, twisted imagery and ethereal melody to earn her a place as one of New Zealand's celebrated alternative writers.

Now based in London, Hannah has embarked on a new project, working side by side with Roger O'Donnell of The Cure and a handpicked group of musicians to breathe life into her latest body of work. O'Donnell has supported the band by offering up his country home as a recording base, as well as providing guidance with vocal performance, arrangements and his expertise in synth programming.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Hannah in the Wars

Releases

Hannah In The Wars
Year: 2015
Type: Album

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