HANA is the debut EP by LA-based Hana Pestle. Her 2013 transformation from acoustic singer-songwriter to infectious FKA twigs-esque, electro-pop performer results in what is a truly promising and assuredly successful release. Already receiving the admiration of the likes of Lena Dunham, who featured Hana’s music in an episode of “Girls”, and musicians Lorde and Lana Del Rey.
Opening single ‘Clay’, produced by Canadian Blood Diamonds, is stunning, ‘Clay’ is an infectious precedent for the emotive lyrical content to follow in the EP, surrounding moving on after break-ups and self-discovery (It’s 4 in the morning/ I’m finding my own/ You know you never said sorry/ For all that you stole).
The self-titled EP is a collection of confident standalone singles from the explosively powerful ‘Underwater’ and ‘White’ to the hauntingly beautiful and synth-littered ‘Avalanche’ with its strong bass and stirring backing vocals. Closing track ‘Chimera’ with its almost six-minute length concludes the EP with shimmery, exquisite vocals soaring into a far away heavenly realm, beckoning the listeners to follow.
Her ethereal and high-pitched vocals teamed with hypnotic beats are a sure-fire recipe for success in 2016, alongside the ranks of other female acts like Bloom Twins or singer-songwriter and producer Shura, hinting at future potential.
Pestle recently supported Grimes on her UK tour, appearing at the O2 Academy in Leeds, showcasing her emotive and powerful vocals alongside an entrancing visual performance.