London based Hannah Harper seems to make music which wonderfully captures the city that she is based in. It is at once artistic and slick, pushes pop music into quirky, staccato dance realms, feels wonderfully urban, uptown, classy and shimmers with the pace and edgy energy of the city around her. At a time when pop music seems to have hit a formulaic, production line creative process, where most are content only to make music in the mould of what has already been successful, Hannah’s debut single marks a fascinating departure.
Already picked up by BBC movers and shakers, Appetite is the sound of things moving on, of barriers being pushed aside of new paths being beaten through previously unexplored territory. But the clever thing is that whilst offering something new, it isn’t too radical either. The beats and the structures are still familiar it is just the way they are put together is intriguing. It is, in fact, the best of both worlds, a new sound but one for which there is already a captive audience via popular radio and clubland playlists. It is safe to say that the evolution of pop music just took a very big stride forward.
Besides their enticing and enigmatic moniker, Bermuda Angels have a lot to offer to their audience. Their recent single, “On The Run”, is a perfect example of how they managed to create stunning, direct and inspiring sounds that blur the lines between various genres, including indie pop and electronic music.
One of the first elements in this mix that truly grabbed my attention was definitely the great drum machine sound. The tone of the beat feels really powerful and huge, but it never overpowers the mix. On the other hand, it feels balanced and direct, perfectly aligned with the song’s structure and acting as a great backdrop for all the other elements in the mix, including the masterfully executed vocals and the great synth sounds.
The song makes me think of the work of artists such as James Blake, Daughter or Florence and The Machine. The brooding textures and intricate beat patterns create a stunning musical contrast, as darkness and light chase each other in a stunning dance through sound.
‘Poison Words’ is a call to arms for anyone who has been a victim of verbal abuse in some form or another.
Leena says of the track;
“Poison Words is a song about people who think it’s ok to verbally abuse someone close to you, apologise afterwards and then act like nothing happened. No, it’s not ok. Explaining that ‘I didn’t mean it’ and being ‘in a bad mood’ doesn’t cut it, the damage is done.”
Leena‘s recent video for Little Place(produced with Benbrick (Troye Sivan)) has received an astounding 35,000 plays in under a month, and Poison Words once again confirms that Leena‘s unique vocal capabilities and production techniques are a force to be reckoned with.
Leena was born in Germany to a Finnish father and English mother; her early years were spent in Germany, Hong Kong and Essex before Leena found herself in London aged 17. Influenced by the likes of London Grammar, Rae Morris and Florence and the Machine, Leena – an obsessive about her music – took her time experimenting with her sound, honing and tweaking. She was in no hurry. She knew what she was after.
Leena went to Berlin – a city renowned for its anarchic creativity – and spent months absorbing all it had to offer, using that as inspiration in her music and her lyrics. A final stint in a studio back in London, reworking bits here and there and she knew she’d finally nailed her sound. ‘EP1’ released in November 2015 was her first offering.
She now plans to release a single once a month until the end of the year. There are also plans for a second EP.