Hannah Lou Clark
Amidst the endless suburban sprawl of the British home counties, Hannah set up a home studio to record he first EP ‘Silent Type’ using a combination of digital and analogue technology – a 4 track tape machine and her computer. Written and recorded by Hannah whilst living above a Quaker meeting house, her debut EP takes inspiration from the bizarre intensity of the silent worship happening below.
The EP marked the first public airing after her last project, Foe, disbanded two years ago: “A sort of cleansing process”. Experimenting, writing and building up a stockpile of tunes as well as collaborating with such artists as Rob Ellis (Torres, Anna Calvi, PJ Harvey) and Deb Goodge (My Bloody Valentine) all contributed to Hannah’s debut EP.
Released in Nov 2014 on Quatre Femmes Records / Gravy records. The first single, Silent Type was premiered on Stereogum and Hannah was lauded by the likes of NME with an early Radar piece, a Clash Mag ‘Introducing’ piece and praise from The Line Of Best Fit and many others. With early radio support from John Kennedy, Steve Lamacq , Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson. Guy Garvey also made ‘Silent Type’ his record of the week on 6 Music.
Hannah also received an early Music Week playlist with ‘Silent Type’
“From it’s opening drum machine thud and flicker of guitar to its lullaby like closer ‘My Game’, ‘Silent Type’ is assured and sublime” NME
Drowned In Sound said on the follow up track ‘Kids In Heat’: ‘It’s a tune that manages to suspend moments in time before unfurling and hurtling you into something not unlike Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Serpents’” Hannah was also later featured as a ‘One To Watch’ in DIS
Hannah supported this release with a sold out, stunning first headline show at St. Pancras Old Church followed by a night at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room. Support tours with Ezra Furman,Thurston Moore and Gaz Coombes followed, including a support for Gaz Coombes at London’s Roundhouse for the ‘In The Round’ Series of shows. Additionally she played across Europe completing a support tour in France (Paris, Lille and Strasbourg) plus London Calling and Amsterdam Woods festival in the Netherlands and Reeperbahn festival in Germany. Hannah also played The Great Escape Festival, Greenman and Secret Garden amongst others in 2015.
Hannah’s follow up EP ‘It’s Your Love’ was produced by Hannah at home on the 4-track and also in Press Play studios, London and then mixed by Tarek Musa of Spring King. It was then released in April 2016 once again on Quatre Femmes but this time through PIAS, to great critical acclaim. Hannah once again being championed by the likes of the NME, The Line of Best Fit and Clash Magazine including an interview and feature in The Quietus. Plus support from The 405 with a track review and London headline show in pictures on their site.
“Within 30 seconds of Clark’s solo set starting, the room was silent. Her voice poured over the gentle dissonance suggested by each chord” The Quietus
The lead track featured on Radio X’s Evening playlist and was selected as Steve Lamacq’s & Lauren Laverne’s ‘6 Music Recommends’ pick on BBC 6 Music plus spins from Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and continued support from Amazing Radio.
Hannah has also recently recorded a special 3-piece Radio X session for John Kennedy and a Daytrotter session went live in June 2016.
Amongst Hannah’s Fans, Vevo are huge supporters. The video for ‘It’s Your Love’ was launched on their platforms and website and Hannah was asked to record a VEVO DSCVR session for the track ‘Cowboy Joe’ which has been streamed almost 80,000 times.
Hannah once again took to the road to support the release with a hugely successful first headline tour last May and followed this with a packed summer of festivals including Glastonbury, Tramlines, Standon Calling, Boardmasters and Always The Sun. Plus a special Record Store Day store in Point Ephemere in Paris for Rough Trade.
Hannah has just played the Vevo stage at Southsea Festival and will play the prestigious Iceland Airwaves festival in November.