Album Review: Hannah Scott – Drawn To Darkness

Hannah Scott is a London-based experimental pop artist I first discovered in March this year through her track Drawn To Darkness. Now, her album of the same name is out. I loved the title track so much, I had to give it a listen.

By Graeme Smith

Feature photo by Simone Lezzi

The album opens with the title track and it’s just as beautiful as I remember it. Hannah’s vocals are angelic while the folktronica instrumentals create a more devilish mood. I suspect this kind of duality will be a theme of the album and my suspicion is proven in track two Shape which belies its title with its free-flowing and expansive style.

Untangling comes next, an intriguing track that combines electronic overtones with unconventional percussion that bubbles under the surface. There’s a soaring pop feel to it and its anthemic chorus certainly feels chart-friendly. Hannah’s song writing meets the cinematic production of long-standing co-writer Stefano Della Casa perfectly.

Track four Letter, puts the electronic aside for a moment, opting instead for a traditional folk feel to match the nostalgic story of the lyrics. At the halfway point of the album I feel like we’ve run a dizzying gamut of styles which show Hannah’s song writing range. Yet, things don’t feel disjointed. Her beautiful vocals act as the focal point around which everything else orbits.

The album’s second half starts with Tongue-tied, a piece that combines pop, folk and rock elements to create the sort of sound that could fill a stadium. How To Hear then slows things down a little maintaining a steady and soulful groove. Meditating on the lost art of listening, it’s an album highlight.

Penultimate track 98 starts slow and introspective. It introduces mournful strings to match its melancholic story before building to the dramatic conclusion we’ve now come to expect from Hannah’s music. It’s also a wonderful return to the album’s key theme – the pull of the macabre.

The album comes to a close with the gently acoustic Hallelu. Speaking of struggles with faith, Hannah’s voice and song writing take centre stage to great effect. It’s incredible how her vocals work in both the quiet and loud moments. They really are quite unique.

Drawn To Darkness is such a stunning album, I have no doubt it will find success. Hannah has already caught the attention of national tastemakers like BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary, The Guardian and Clash Magazine, and the public are waking up to her sound. You can definitely count me as a fan.

You can hear Drawn To Darkness below.