After hearing her newest album, it’s safe to say that the relatively unknown Ipswich-based musician Hannah Scott, will not remain unknown for much longer.
She’s the daughter of an artist, and art clearly runs through her veins. She has drawn inspiration from Italy – the very place that gave rise to a chance union with her current producer, Stefano Della Casa. It was this meeting which forged the future of her success; uniting their weaknesses and difficulties, they managed to support each other.
Recently, Scott was diagnosed with arthritis, which has left her with severe joint pain and fatigue. However, like a Phoenix, she has risen and overcome her obstacles. Now working between London and The Boot, Scott and her producer’s partnership has resulted in her latest album, Pieces Of The Night. It is a combination of classy electronica and beautiful production. The lyrics are raw and expose the listener to Scott’s inner emotions – the album ranges from a mix of instrumental pieces such as ‘Boy In The Frame’, to pure electronic elements in the form of ‘Pieces Of The Night’.
Kicking off the album is the latter – a soulful and almost dreamlike creation. It instantly transports you to Scott’s world. Soft strumming mixed with beautiful vocals is reminiscent of the raw beauty of nature, which creates a sublime image.
Production from Casa expertly ties it together as Scott’s characteristically haunting vocals take centre stage. ‘Signs Of Life’ is another addition on the album which mixes electronic elements with Scott’s soulful voice, which adds consistency to a stellar album, without it being tedious.
Following on in a similar vein is ‘Weight Of Your Words’, which is as equally soul touching. The electronic synth fits well with Scott’s vocals. It is very rhythmic and her hard-hitting lyrics complete the song – particularly “the courage you will find to say what’s on your mind.”
‘No Gravity’ explores folk elements with a large amount of synth to create an ethereal feeling. The theme at the centre of this track is the discovery of clarity in relationships. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser, because it discusses a topic which everyone can relate to, as well as containing more of Scott’s poetic lyrics and Casa’s expert production skills.
‘Hearth Of My Home’ sees Scott experiment with a pop-folk vibe as there are elements of a fiddle present, which offers a refreshing depth to the album. It is the most stripped back song on the album, and easily showcases Scott’s voice.
Darker themes are discussed within ‘Dust And Doubt’. Scott states that this song is about “self-doubt, about thinking I can’t do this, and how those thoughts can creep into ruin everything. If that happens the only one who can control it is you. You have to be strong enough to send it away.”
It fits with the rest of Scott’s offering, as it is clear that the theme of strength is at the core of her work. However, it also adds an unexpected twist to the album because it sheds a light on the darker aspects of her writing.
The penultimate song, ‘This Is Not An Ending’, can be heard as a dramatic story. The powerful lyrics which have become characteristic of Scott’s craft make another appearance: “This is not an ending ‘cause we are just suspended.” Just like the rest of her album, especially ‘Dust And Doubt’, her lyrics
add further relatability to her work, making it popular to audiences everywhere. Her writing allows them to identify with her crises and experiences, thus creating a connection with them. It is emotionally raw and open, and is perhaps a quintessential example of catharsis. Either way, this song in particular, is guaranteed to be a favourite. It is carried again by Casa’s excellent production prowess.
The finale of this EP is no less gripping than the first. ‘Boy In The Frame’ features a strong piano and ties the EP together. Scott has said it “was about [her] grandmother,” and has also declared that she likes “the idea of telling stories.” It is these obvious traits of retelling past relationships and experiences which make her work timeless.
Words by Camilla Whitfield
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