Hannah Lou Clark writes and performs with a smart verve that recalls some of St. Vincent’s early work. Her songs speed ahead energetically, but not so fast that you can’t pick up Clark’s intimate lyrics. The Heart And All Its Sin is a five track 12” vinyl EP released by Quatre Femmes Records in a limited edition of 300.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 21 March 2017
This indie rock songwriter record is so full of burnt-to-a-crisp distortion that I immediately had to google it to see if overdrive producer John Congleton was involved. I don’t think he is so we’re in the clear. Hannah Lou Clark released an excellent 12” back in 2014 and here she continues to let her guitars dangle between prettiness and ramshackle discordance. This EP might not immediately grab with “Matilda”, where it mostly sets its scene up, but “Don’t Sweat It” affirms Clark as a brilliant rocker, her track implying hooks at the very curb of choruses. The drums are played to feel unhinged and garage appropriate, and the guitars fuzzed like a gig right in front of your face.
Sometimes I feel like the EP is the perfect format to showcase your myriad talents, if you have them, which Clark does: “We’re Rich” suddenly reorganises her expressions into a beatless, guitar-focused ballad that’s made utterly serene via strings and empathising backing vocals. Placed between “Don’t Sweat It” and the sludgy pop rocker “Grief Underneath”, it feels totally out of nowhere, an example of her ability to suspend logic and do something out of time and place. Five good songs, by the way: I’d totally go to the launch party.
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