Following the release of the metallic, beat-driven ‘Slide’ , electronic producer and rising star Hannah Thurlow released the hypnotic ‘The Line’, the second track to be released from her new EP, River – due out January 27th.
Just as “Slide” was influenced by Hannah’s walks around the city, so “The Line” similarly draws influence from the sounds and noises of the inhabitants of that same place. Hannah explains: “As I was riding around the city on the train, I started to record the footsteps of people on the platform and the industrial noises which seem to fill the space. This was the basis for the track, taking and manipulating these recordings I started to build a beat around them.”
“The Line” arrives alongside a captivating and mysterious visualiser made by Hannah herself; a shadowed figure walks through a darkened scene, seemingly absorbing the view and sounds around her, much like Hannah herself throughout River. “When I made the song, I always imagined movement. I had made a video of a figure dancing against a distorted background and it worked so well with it as a visualiser.”
Recorded earlier this year, River is built on an exploration of modular, synths, and drum machines. Taking inspiration from her experience working on soundtracks, the EP was created over a couple of months; the ease and flow from which it was created is echoed sonically in this confident, hypnotic body of work.
“When I listen to River, I love hearing the small moments of beauty in the sometimes chaotic pieces of music,” Hannah continues. “I was influenced by city life, taking long walks whilst listening to rough demos and the sounds of the city has been such an important part of making this record. I was able to really fall back into each track and let it dictate the way of the next. Also, road testing some songs at DJ sets and being back in club environments.”
Born in Ireland, London-based musician and producer Hannah Thurlow spent her youth in Bristol, England skateboarding and playing guitar in local bands. Influenced by the diverse west-country music scene: drum n bass, Portishead, Massive Attack, and heavy metal. Diverse influences that can be heard in her music today. In her teens, she picked up her first synths and became fascinated by the world of modular and vintage synths.
From 2010-2015, Hannah fronted the band 2:54 with her sister, Colette. The band released two albums: the self-titled 2:54 (2012) on Fiction in the UK and Fat Possum in America and The Other I (2014), released by Bella Union. Working with producers such as Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi) and Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys), Hannah’s CV also includes joining Nick Zinner (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s) at The Royal Festival Hall in London to perform his symphony, 41 Strings, composing scores for global Nike campaigns and original compositions for Vivienne Westwood at Paris Fashion Week.
This year has seen Hannah set up the regular London-based club night Eterna with fellow DJ Herberta. With the gorgeously raw River on the horizon, the future looks bright for Hannah Thurlow.