It’s at about this time each year music blogs like us become inundated with an abundance of press releases trying harder than ever to bring new emerging talent onto our radar. Yes, it’s tastemaker season. It would be a thrill to see a bit more electronic music make its way onto the end of year lists and not just from production outfits. I’d love to see some British girls succeed and bring back more credibility for female fronted electronic music this year.
Londoner Hannah Barnett is likeliest an outside contender for serious tastemaker consideration this year but, after listening to current release “Patience“, I detect an artist who is open to creative innovation and who are embracing the electronic pop medium, best of all. Too many of the female acts that have been coming through of late haven’t been breaking ground with me. Although, at first thrown onto the cautious side by a press photo that evokes a young Charlotte Church. I’ll be the first to say I am pleasantly surprised by Hannah Barnett.
Singer-songwriter Hannah has been working with producer and top liner Gil Lewis on her latest material. Their collaborative partnership brings to light, the dreamiest sonic hues, rhapsodic melodies and naturally glowing vocals. The beautiful, quirky, soft electronica of “Patience” shines through with understated blissful flair and elegance. If we thought vocoders finally had their day, it only takes a few good role models like Hannah Barnett and Gil Lewis’s exquisite use of vocoder layering, to bring it back favourably with renewed vitality.