Season 3 is finally here after a year hiatus, presenting a not to missed show with Amelia W, Saint Alto and Orange Hannah.
Birmingham born future soul artist, Amelia, found her feet as an artist while studying in Liverpool. There is an elegant collision of components at play in her music: the embraced intimacy of a bedroom musician, the powerful tone of a poet, a raw passion of delivery – ignited from her love for rock at a young age, her soul-infused pop melodies combined with the intricate choice of jazzy chords often have been described as sounding ‘warm, yet chilling’.
Saint Alto, Birmingham’s own depressive folk troubadour lost boys, are a four piece alternative indie folk band. Only a few shows in, Saint Alto have gathered attention for ‘hauntingly beautiful’ songs paired with the drive of indie folk found in artists such a Ben Howard and Bon Iver.
Like going to a church where you suspect nobody is a believer but all are in good voice (and the organ has been switched for a nord). These hymns are broken but beautiful all the same. If Vangellis scored a Ray Lamontagne gig it might sound like this. Guitar, vocals, harmonies, drums and claps are offset with synths, atmospheric swells and bass that rattles the rib cage. Lyrically addressing human flaws, love, depression, mind games and the odd loneliness of the modern world, the music is shot through with hope; soaring synths, group harmonies and an impassioned, fried lead vocal. Songs like Manifesto for Suburbia have all the drive, hope and resistance of early Arcade Fire and are offset against songs like Tell Me Something, a broken electronic folk love song with a ‘heartbreakingly pretty, dark and beautiful vocal’. A&R Factory went as far as to say the sound ‘may just prove to be the future of folk’
Scheduled to release a double A single in February 2020 with Static Caravan Records.
Well thought out instrumentation with stunning atmospheres and harmonies, topped off with emotionally charged vocals that soar, Orange Hannah cross styles and genres effortlessly.
Orange Hannah are without doubt; as soulful as the deepest of sleeps, the most pleasing of dreams, and the warmest of tones all experienced without effort.