Danish singer, songwriter and musician Hanna Schneider (yes she does it all) yesterday completed her UK tour that followed the release of her 'Red Lines' LP with a solo live act at St Pancras Old Church in London.
Until the moment that Hanna appeared on stage - an amazing setting in an almost empty old church - I didn't know that she would perform a one-woman show which came as a pleasant surprise. I guess we are used to listening to solo artists with a support band in most instances. Handling all of the instruments herself, singing and talking to her audience in between every track, Hanna bewitched her followers and was applauded by everyone.
The sound, despite its minimalistic nature was a sample of electro-pop tunes constructed skilfully and fledged fully by Hanna's airy, soft but dashing voice.
The candle-illuminated church filled with electro loops coming out from Hanna's midi instrument following the tempo of a soft beat and the show kicked off with the track 'For the trees' from her album "Window Sessions" (released in 2011). Sounding like a personal experience that develops as a musical story-telling, Hanna introduced the first track of her latest album 'The Dreaming Kind' as "her anthem for sensitive people", that is indeed dreamy and full of optimism and a slight touch of melancholy. Drawing upon the same lines, the Danish artist showcased her talent by playing a 4-string guitar during 'Life is Easy' and a stylophone to imitate the 80s drum machine of 'Raindrops'.
Despite her humble and laid back presence, Hanna owned the stage even if only for a really short time and created her own musical universe of loops and samples towards a naturalistic soundscape filled with stories and emotions.
Undoubtedly Hanna is an up and coming artist with a charismatic voice that has already released 3 albums and we are looking forward to more.