London-based singer-songwriter Hannah White, whose 2020 album Hannah White and the Nordic Connections won rave reviews and a UK Americana Award nomination, is back with a stunning new example of her emotionally piercing song craft.
The single ‘Car Crash’ is the first taste of the much-anticipated About Time, the follow-up to a record hailed as “a timeless classic” by Folk & Tumble and “a masterpiece” by Fatea magazine. It’s a significant return in many ways, especially as it marks Hannah’s debut as a producer of her own work, alongside her guitarist husband, Keiron Marshall.
‘Car Crash’ typifies the searingly honest and autobiographical narrative style that White has made her own on a series of releases over recent years. The new single and album were recorded early in 2022 near White and Marshall’s home in Sutton, south London, where they also run the award-winning grassroots music venue the Sound Lounge.
Like the album to follow, ‘Car Crash’ is true Americana noir, dark but inviting, unflinching but compelling, evocative and utterly truthful. About Time is an elegant collection of songs with heart and edge penned by the artist herself, and it also marks her reunion, after the inevitable interruption of the last two years, with original Nordic Connections member Lars Hammersland, on lyrical piano and Hammond organ. Marshall’s distinctive guitar and baritone sound is complemented by another Norwegian collaborator, Svein Henning Berstad, on bass, and by Luca Wade on drums.
“‘Car Crash’ is about a moment I’ve spent a lifetime trying to forget,” says Hannah of the single. “The song came out of nowhere, like a sign that I was finally ready to remember. The anxiety in putting it out there is real, but for some reason, confronting it head-on felt like the right thing to do. That’s why it had to be the first single released from the record.”
Hannah White’s ‘Car Crash’ will be available on all platforms on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2022, with the About Time album release on May 5, 2022. She and her band will tour the UK from April 28, with dates throughout May and festival appearances in the summer.
Hannah White’s music has been aired on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, BBC regional stations across the UK as well as internationally in Australia, USA and across Europe. ; It has been featured on 6 Spotify Official playlists earning her features in Billboard Magazine, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard & The Guard
“Arresting and wholly believable. A voice you will want to protect and become besotted with”
Acoustic Magazine, UK
Gaby Roslin, BBC Radio London
“The Amy Winehouse of UK Americana”
Country People Magazine