Hannah Robinson is a singer-songwriter from the south coast of England, whose music blends her distinctive voice and soulful melodies with her nonchalant, percussive guitar style and lyrics which are rich with imagery.
With each release, her sound grows with expression and atmosphere and her latest single “The Well” is yet another example of her ability to create music which instantly grips the listener. Narrating suppressing emotions and inner conflict and pouring it deep into a hidden place inside you, the idea for the song came from the novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murikami. The songwriter was taken aback by one line from the book which read, “Maybe you’ve got this deep well inside, and you shout into it.” This sentence would replay in her mind and she would think about the image, relating it to her own experiences. Inspired by the likes of Laura Marling, PJ Harvey and Jeff Buckley, Robinson has a similar appreciation for lyrics just as much as the sonic appeal, unraveling, “I was curious to see if I could create a feeling and a narrative in this song using fewer words. I liked trying something more lyrically concise, I feel it made me especially selective with the words I chose.”
Featuring guitar from Scott McKeon (Sir Tom Jones, Lana Del Ray), piano from Paul Stacey (The Black Crowes, Tal Wilkenfeld, Noel Gallagher) and drums from Russ Parker (Thea Gilmore), “The Well” comes to life with heart pounding drums which crash over a calm water of quiet, steady bass and a rising wave of glassy guitars. The fluid vocals are blissfully haunting and angelic, contrasting the grittier undertone and creating a fearsome and spine-tingling atmosphere. Robinson sings in a beautiful cry resulting in a somewhat euphoric feel, alongside the velvety vocals from Phil Brickell.
As a studio and live session singer, Robinson sings and plays guitar for John Illsley (founding member of Dire Straits), touring the UK and Europe.
“a next level explosion of talent” – Earmilk
“Some artists have a voice that can stop you in your tracks. Hannah is one - smoky, full of colour, addressing you from the early hours.” – The Musician
“Hannah Robinson has a great voice. Challenging those wailing vocalists, Hannah’s bluesy lilt is altogether more subtle and more affecting. Country-tinged opener ‘Curious’ on Water, Carry Me is great.” – R2 Magazine
“…a luxuriant mood of wistful Americana.” – The Musician
“An engaging performer and songwriter whose songs of love going right and/or wrong have universal resonance, she’s also a fine singer and guitarist with a bright future.” – R2 Magazine
“Strong on melody and bringing a carefully-honed, electric edge to her live, acoustic persona… The future looks bright for Hannah Robinson” – Acoustic Magazine
“A really contemporary voice… Bags of personality” – BBC Introducing: The South