King Hannah is Liverpool-based duo Craig Whittle and Hannah Merrick and I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me is their debut LP, released in February of this year on Berlin-based City Slang, and it is chock full of badass fun.
King Hannah know how to spin a yarn, tell musical tales with a sense of foreboding, danger, sex, and surprise. I hear references to all manner of favorite music and musicians, with Whittle’s guitar sounding at times like a lovely cross between Roland S. Howard and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds-era Blixa Bargeld, while Merrick adds her aloof nearly bored vocals on top with a PJ Harvey meets strung out chanteuse in Hope Sandoval’s neighborhood vibe.
I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me has been playing on regular repeat in Barn for weeks and weeks on end, and its the kind of record I’m going to have to force myself to withdraw from to keep it fresh for the long haul.
Captivating, colorful if dark fun, addictive and endlessly enthralling, King Hannah has won my heart.