Hannah Ross is one of those true types of musicians. The type that has a vision from inception, and sees it through to the end mostly on her own accord. By doing this, we, the listener, get a special preview of the mind of this musician. And a full mind this is. Do not let the sparsity of ‘what are the natural forms?’ fool you. These songs are complete and only need a lush guitar and a soulful voice to get the meaning across. There is more felt with less on this album and it beautifully shows. Let Hannah Ross tell you a few stories in their natural forms.
About Hannah Ross
‘what are the natural forms?’, the debut EP of Manchester-based singer and artist Hannah Ross, is a collection of solo songs written about broken hearts and aching bones over a summer at home in her native North West. Experiencing the physical pain of a chronic health condition only recently diagnosed, alongside grief for the end of a relationship, her songs deal with how different kinds of hurt can be expressed at once.
Recorded over the space of one day, the songs are unpolished, punctuated by clicks, fuzz, and background noise, producing a sound that is both distinct and circumstantial. Hannah’s voice bears traces of a lifetime spent listening to R’n’B and Soul music, whilst nodding to more recent influences such as King Krule, James Blake, and Mac Demarco.
The dreamlike quality of the music parallels the haze of opiates and painkillers, but her lyrics explore more sharply how pain reduces each activity to its starkest, with a heightened awareness of each action that had previously seemed straightforward. Recorded two years ago with friend and producer David McFarlane and mixed by Jordan Peers, the music stands as testimony to the difficulty of articulating inseparable hardships.
Mary Anne Hobbs selected ‘Fearing’ from what are the natural forms? for her 6 Music Recommends show, and then as the Sunriser track for her 6 Music weekend show. In her own words: ‘in the very first conversation I ever had with her, she made me think more carefully about how people with disabilities can enjoy going to live gigs, and be properly provided for, and I’ll always thank her for that […] well, I bought it immediately and among the four stunning tracks is our Sunriser this weekend, it’s my favourite and it’s called ‘Fearing’.
SOURCE: Official Bio