FM RECOMMENDS: HANNAH COHEN’S ‘FAKE IT’
New York based intriguing songstress Hannah Cohen, shares this stylish video, filmed in the Dominican Republic, to accompany ‘Fake It’, an absorbing piece of modern music, taken from her splendid second album ‘Pleasure Boy’ out now on Bella Union.
Director Oscar Boyson described the inspiration as “a 40s/50s Hollywood approach to style and wardrobe and set it against a more verite world than you would have ever seen in those days, when everything was shot on a backlot. We liked the idea of this character who was on a cruise or some kind of vacation with her husband or her boyfriend and brought all these beautiful gowns, but then was ultimately got kind of jaded on him and just went around exploring.”
The album, produced by Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, was principally galvanised by a painful break-up and the anxieties that loss can trigger…On working with Bartlett, Hannah reveals…“bunkering down with my songs, experimenting with different tones and sounds, and layering them. My first record was so airy and roomy, I didn’t have patience for that again, I wanted more movement, something more mysterious and witchier, so we created this sound wall together.”“I wanted the music to hurt, to have a visceral effect”…She adds: “Pleasure Boy is a character of who it’s about, someone who represents gluttony and decadence and richness,” Hannah explains. She admits it was a tough record to make, given she was aiming to heal emotionally while feeling “devastated and hurt. But it wouldn’t be the record it is if I hadn’t done that.”