BRIGHTON’S gorgeous rising dreampop outfit Hanya, who we last heard of back in July, when they declared hometown label Austerity Records’ Cassette Club open with their very fine Sea Shoes EP (read our review), have dropped a new single, “Monochrome”; take a listen below.
“Monochrome” is an effortless glide of sweet indie pop with a nicely textured edge, and nods to other lovely luminaries of the current scene such as Alvvays, as well as past greats The Sundays.
Hanya say of their new single: “With a break from live shows, each of us had a chance to reinvigorate our songwriting. It’s difficult when you’re always rehearsing for the next show to really mess around and make music with no real direction.
“‘Monochrome’ started off this way, a hazy-pop ballad written on a midi-keyboard. Now we’re all back together, we fleshed out the chaos together and developed the track’s full dream-pop potential.
“It’s a song about re-connection with what makes you happy; taking pleasure from the little things.”
The four-piece – vocalist and guitarist Heather Sheret, guitarist Benjamin Varnes, bassist Jorge Bela Jimenez and drummer Jack Watkins – have also announced a series of live dates for 2021, beginning with a clutch of socially distanced dates and then, hopefully, continuing with some shows back to normal in late spring and high summer. The dates are as follows, with the first three shows being socially distanced:
January 26th, Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms;
January 28th, London Haggerston, Signature Brew;
February 4th, Birmingham, Dead Wax, then
May 5th, Bristol, The Crofters Rights;
May 6th, Brighton, The Hope & Ruin;
May 10th, Guildford, The Boileroom;
July 4th, Leicester, The Soundhouse;
July 6th, Manchester, Retro;
July 7th, Leeds, Headrow;
July 8th, Glasgow, The Hug & Pint;
July 9th, Newcastle, Bobiks, and
July 10th, Blackpool, Bootleg Social.