City Slang (2020) EU
Sometimes a band arrives out of nowhere, with a fully formed sound ready to fill a stadium. King Hannah are one of those groups. The Liverpool outfit led by the creative force of Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle have arrived with Tell Me Your Mind and I'll Tell You Mine, an EP that is both soothing in its moods and intoxicating in its rushing soundscapes, containing a sound that is both brand new and completely mature. Their neon guitar lines and intimate torchlight vocals put the everyday on a pedestal, lifted by melodic licks that swell into dense and swirling atmospheric textures.
Tell Me Your Mind and I'll Tell You Mine sounds like late nights and early mornings, from the beauty and closeness of acoustic guitar in opener "And Then Out of Nowhere, It Rained" to the final immersive thicket of distorted guitars in "Reprise (Moving Day)". In between, "Meal Deal" is smoky backroom Americana transposed onto the precarity of finding somewhere to live; Bill Tench feels like melancholic euphoria of travelling in fast cars at night - drums flash past like lines on the asphalt with angular guitars.
"Crème Brûlée" is a moody fugged-out ballad for the everyday, and "The Sea Has Stretch Marks" conjures a whirling post-rock exploration of cinematic memories. King Hannah lean in to immersive moments in their music.