After making great career strides with her 2018 album Elephant Eye, Hannah White is ready for a groundbreaking new challenge. Hannah has announced the 5 June release of an exciting album with her Anglo-Norwegian Americana band, titled Hannah White and the Nordic Connections.
This unique line-up have already previewed the full-length set with ‘City Beats,’ ‘My Father’ and ‘Never Get Along,’ all of them showcasing the intensely personal and affecting work of the British singer-songwriter. After its debut on BBC Radio 2 last year, ‘City Beats’ was added to Spotify’s Very Nearly Nashville playlist. The track is both a contemporary city soundscape and Bo Diddley with banjos, and it’s hugely infectious, as underlined by total streams of over 125,000. Another taste of the album, the beautifully sensitive and atmospheric ‘Pay Me A Compliment,’ will be the next single.
Both in the studio and on stage, White’s songs have won her huge acclaim as a performer of real social conscience. There’s rarely a dry eye when she sings the poignantly true story of ‘My Father,’ and every audience she connects with is unfailingly uplifted by other new tracks such as ‘Start Again’ and ‘Gotta Work Harder,’ also featuring her husband and guitarist Keiron Marshall and their scintillating bandmates from Bergen.
The album is a collection of songs created the way Americana should be, recorded as live (in a bread factory in Bergen) and without even a hint of digital. It’s a refreshingly analogue collection of modern day gems which leave you feeling like they’ve always been a part of your life. The band travelled to the UK for such 2019 festivals as Black Deer, Larmer Tree and the British Country Music Festival, and more dates are scheduled for this year.
The album is the spontaneous next chapter for an artist who rose swiftly through the UK Americana ranks with Elephant Eye and its charming flagship single ‘In It For Love,’ which won airplay on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and BBC London. It was one of no fewer than six tracks from the album to receive radio attention.
In keeping with the commitment to social inclusion that’s evident in her songs, White and Marshall are also finalising plans for a new south London location of the Sound Lounge, their award-winning music venue, arts centre and community space. More details of this new spot on London’s live map will follow.
“The coming together with the Nordic Connections happened after a phone call from a mutual contact, now a close friend,” says Hannah. “I agreed to play a live show, and after one brief meet-up in a bread factory in Bergen and a sold-out gig with a mind-blowing band, the deal was sealed.”
Hannah White & The Nordic Connections
1. Never Get Along
2. Start Again
3. City Beats
4. Pay Me A Compliment
5. Gotta Work Harder
6. My Father
7. Like We’ve Always Done
8. When You’re Not Around
9. The Darkness
10. Man Without Men
Hannah White and the Nordic Connections is released on 5 June 2020. More information at www.hannahwhitemusic.com.