A composer, vocalist, and genre-spanning collaborator, Hanna Benn has been creating music for over a decade. Her multi-disciplinary approach incorporates dance, opera, and theater — submerging boundaries and discovering new sonic landscapes in the process. With roots in gospel and choral music, Benn began exploring music as both an intimate and collective experience at an early age. She now returns with her debut EP ‘DIVIDE,’ out now via This Is Meru.
The EP highlights Benn's voice that carries with it crispness of cathedral tones — the sensuality of her sacred sonic corpus mixes with a clarity that rushes ambiguity out through the stained glass windows. She is able to take clearly delineated genres, deconstruct them, and then unify them in her work — creating pieces that are simultaneously accessible and profound, elevated and organic, sacred and common. The exquisite textures and unfolding melodic mantras on Benn's debut ‘DIVIDE’ convey a sense of confident patience throughout the EP's meditative, forward-marching movements.
released January 19, 2018
All songs written & produced by Hanna Benn
*"A Guest House" co-written by Jordan Munson
Additional recording by George Benn & Jordan Munson
Mixed by Ephriam Nagler
Michelle Campbell- Harp
Adam Kozie- Percussion
Jordan Munson- Drum programming, sound design
Charles Manning- Pipe Organ
Diederik Van Wassenaer- Violin & Viola
Jonathan Wood- Bass
"Light Body," text by C. Davida Ingram
"Unfasten," text from "Boneless Bird," a poem by Melanie Noel from The Monarchs (Stockport Flats, 2013)
I don't think any other album makes you feel grief so intensely and accurately. Phil really reminds us with every word and every metaphor that death is a very real, very painful thing. SentimentalAnemic