Hannah Lou Clark released a stunner of an EP last year called Silent Type, and built on an already obsessive audience by supporting the likes of Thurston Moore and Gaz Coombes on tour.
It’s a completely satisfying indie cracker. I love how her voice flits between belting out a hook and barely-there bird song, punctuated with the odd unexpected note vibrating from her guitar.
A couple of things to note:
- Leefest have announced their line up for The Neverland this year. It’s one of the best festivals I’ve been to, and this time around I have the pleasure of hosting the Neverwoods stage alongside the likes of Lianne La Havas, Shura and Roots Manuva. Grab a ticket, let’s have fun.
- THIS all-dayer up in Leeds. That's a hell of a lot of great bands all in one place.
Let's talk podcasts. If you're a newbie, the place to start is Serial.
Serial is a podcast produced by This American Life (the big mama of short story focussed podcasts). It tells one true story, documentary style, over a number of episodes. The first series investigated the case of Hae Min Lee's murder in Baltimore, USA, particularly focussing on her ex-boyfriend Adnan Masud Syed - the prime suspect. It was a rollercoaster and an epically detailed masterpiece and I think I actually cancelled plans to finish listening to it.
The second series is up online now. I’m ten episodes deep and hooked. This time it’s a famous case study - the story of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl of the US army - who was captured and held hostage for five years by the Taliban, then freed and arrested for desertion. I'm keeping a clear diary for the finale.
The song is called AS Chingy, and it's chewed up - a mess of digital data, buttons and circuit boards.
The video happens right up in your personal space, completely devoid of depth perception. It’s a trippy, first person, full on experience.