Welsh Singer Hannah Grace Stuns With Dreamy New EP
Hannah Grace has something special. Maybe it’s the soulful lilt to her voice or the poignancy of her songwriting. Maybe it’s the way she infuses stark emotion directly into her music like her voice is a syringe and her lyrics are a cure. Whatever it is, it’s powerful, and it makes the Welsh singer-songwriter deliver song after song of the purest kind of magic.
On her newest EP, The Bed You Made, Hannah Grace presents a fleeting selection of stripped-back ballads that find her vocal ability in the spotlight. “I am so proud of every song and creating [the EP] has been one of my favorite musical experiences,” Hannah tells The Music Mermaid. “Now the songs are all yours too and I really hope that you love them." It’s a lovely thought — that these songs are ours now. We’ll take care of them.
The Bed You Made opens with its title track, a remarkable effort that stuns on first listen. Based on a growing acoustic rhythm, there’s a faint fuzz and crackle to the song, like it’s simmering for a bit until it begins to boil, erupting into a sea of impassioned vocal delivery and steady percussive moments before easing back down into a simmer then back up once again. In and out like this the song travels through new layers of piano sparkles and choral harmony, so wholly tender and so truly hurt, but undeniably gorgeous. On “Different Kind Of Love,” Hannah does it again. A piano-led ballad this time, there’s a theatrical quality to it as we hear Hannah’s matter-of-fact narrative sung sweetly in some lines and soulfully in others, all while the piano gains its own urgency. The choir backing in this one adds texture to what would otherwise be a pure ballad — a single detail that elevates the track from lovely to lush.
The halfway point of The Bed You Made finds “Sleepwalking,” the kind of classic stunner you might find floating on winds during a pale Parisian morning. It’s just so gentle, a dream of a song — tender piano notes keep a steady pace for Hannah’s ghostly lilt to dance on, and later, when the arrangement swirls upwards and around, she somehow merges both her breathy delivery and her howled croon for something truly magical. Far, far, far too soon, the EP ends with “Almost,” a slightly modernized ballad that finds Hannah’s voice at its strongest and richest, seemingly deepened by a maturity that was nurtured in the past 10 minutes of the EP. The composition is as minimal as it’s gotten — just the piano tapping out a few pretty punches here and there — so that her voice can carry out a bewitching conclusion.
Hannah Grace is a revelation weaving reveries out of soft, bare-bones ballads. On The Bed You Made, she kindly gifts us with four pretty pieces — the kind that make goosebumps rise up out of the skin, the kind that flit and flutter like glitter in the air, the kind that beg for close listening. These are songs made by a poet.