Hannah In The Wars
Perth-born songwriter Hannah Curwood spent much of her youth in the stark, remote region of Central Otago, New Zealand. Now based in London, Hannah in the Wars is a the result of a collaboration with a handpicked group of musicians and Roger O’Donnell (The Cure).
Hannah’s previous solo releases, Sky Above, Horse Below and The Blind Love EP were received to resounding critical acclaim, with tracks such as the murder ballad ‘It’s Been Snowing All Winter’ showcasing Hannah’s use of dark lyrics, twisted imagery and ethereal melody, earning her a place as one of New Zealand’s celebrated alternative folk writers.
The eponymous debut Hannah in the Wars album showcases a collection of lyrically robust emotional narratives. Curwood’s distinctive and powerful vocals are accompanied by guitar, piano, delicate string arrangements and the brooding pulse of an orchestral percussionist.
O’Donnell supported the band by providing his country home studio as a recording base, and lending guidance with vocal performance, arrangements and his expertise in synth programming.
Mixed by Paul Corkett (The Cure, Nick Cave, Bjork), the resulting songs evoke the likes of Hope Sandoval, P J Harvey, Anna Calvi, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling and Smog – delicacy entangled with intensity.
“A serious talent emerging” – Graeme Reid
“Gorgeous….echoes of the beauty of Laura Marling and Marissa Nadler” – The Revue
“…one of the finest discs of 2015. A mix of the piano balladry of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Last Town Chorus and a touch of Mazzy Star. This, her third release is rarely anything short of a gloom laden masterpiece” – Real Gone Rocks
‘To put it simply, this is a remarkable album’ – Andrulianblog.wordpress.com
“The amazing performances and arrangements somehow pull you in and take you somewhere else. Somewhere Hannah has been but you haven’t, she shares her secrets and tells her stories…Its been a pleasure and a privilege to work with her” – Roger O’Donnell, The Cure
“Live, the presence of these four women on stage is something to behold. The raw power of Curwood’s voice and guitar rides atop a shimmering curtain of sirenic vocals and strings, like nothing I have ever seen before” – Pony Express