Carolinian-born Hannah Wicklund will release The Inbetween, an unusual 10″ inch vinyl EP of four stripped-back solo performances on Friday 17th April 2020. Produced and recorded by her older brother, Luke Mitchell (The High Divers), in their parents’ home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the EP features intimate performances that sees Hannah getting back to her roots. The EP was mixed by Phil Ek and mastered by Ed Brooks in Seattle. The EP is now available to pre-order via https://shop.hannahwicklund.com. Anyone who orders the vinyl edition of the EP will automatically receive the EP digitally so they can hear it 10 days before everyone else hears it on the streaming platforms.
No one has ever heard Hannah sound quite like this. Known for her searing riffs, big voice, and rock and roll sound, her last self-titled record was very much in the “rock is alive and kickin'” school. But with this new EP The Inbetween, Hannah is out to prove that she is more than a singer, guitar player, or songwriter. She aims to come across with these four stripped down songs as an emotionally moving vocalist, a true musical artist.
For this EP, Wicklund has decided to take four songs from her recent album – Bomb Through the Breeze, Ghost, Meet You Again, and Shadowboxes and Porcelain Faces – and strip them down to their rawest form.
“Piano was my first instrument, but I pretty much stopped playing when I picked up the guitar and traded in classical music for rock n roll,” Says Hannah. “Those classical roots are undeniable, however, as I get older, I appreciate them more and more.” She continues “I was at home visiting my parents and had my childhood upright (piano) and a little time off the road, so I decided to teach myself to play again. I did so by creating a piano arrangement for my most guitar-riff driven song as a challenge of sorts, and I loved how it turned out. That version of Bomb Through The Breeze is what inspired me to do this project with my brother.”
The EP starts out with this ballad version of the afore-mentioned song, which is an unexpected take to say the least. If you’ve seen a live show of Hannah’s in the last two years, you’ve likely witnessed her play Shadowboxes and Porcelain Faces, just her and a guitar, which is exactly what you’ll find on The Inbetween. The title derived from a line in the song, “It’s the in-between where we’ll figure out what your story says and what you’re all about.” The song serves as a reminder to not get too caught up in social media. The fourth song on the EP is a chilling version of ‘Ghost’, which will strike a chord for many of us at home right now due to the coronavirus epidemic.
“I thought it was the right time to showcase a different side of myself,” reflects Hannah. “I’ve been playing these songs for years now, and so I wanted to challenge myself and give them a lot more depth by stripping everything back to the bare essentials.” It’s fair to say The Inbetween EP sees Wicklund delivering four emotionally charged performances that not only highlight her voice, but also allows her fans an opportunity to hear her songs in a whole new light.
This is Hannah as you’ve never heard her before – sit back and soak up the emotion.