By: Gemma Mastroianni
Los Angeles based one-woman orchestra HÄANA has just released a modern new single, "GOLD", orchestrated and produced by HÄANA herself.
Check out the experimental video below:
HÄANA combines music and art with Nordic and Icelandic influences to craft her electronika-modern sound. Artist influences include Massive Attack, Björk, and Trentemøller. She has even performed live with Kanye West multiple times!
"GOLD" is an eclectic track that experiments with classical and EDM sounds creating a song with deep emotion, that also makes you want to dance. From a production standpoint, everything is layered perfectly. The electronics and classical elements take turns being dominant creating a balanced and exciting track, layered with her stunning shoe-gazed vocals.
I love unexpected tracks like this! This one is fitting for a variety of moods and can take you to so many different places. Meshing genres can be tricky, especially when it comes to classical and EDM, which are pretty polar opposite. HÄANA unites the two genres in this phenomenal track creating something so beautifully unique.
The video is truly the cherry on top. The black and white aspect of it is fitting to its eerie vibe, mixed with ballerinas and HÄANA's violin playing. I love the simplicity of the setting and it goes to show that you don't always need smoke and mirrors. This video is a magnificent piece of art simply including unique music, impeccable ballerinas and HÄANA's passion. I grew up being a ballet and contemporary dancer, and watching this video is so inspiring. It brought me back to experimenting with different sounds as a dancer, and I think this piece could be choreographed in just about every genre of dance because it is such a versatile track.
"GOLD" breaks boundaries, giving you a vision of a beautiful sunset and exploring different sounds of a classical string trio with a dance beat. Some say that drama, beauty, and grace can be felt while listening. Listening to "GOLD" reminded me how far you can take music, and how endless the beauty of creating art is. Check out some of her live performance from the Rainbow Serpent Festival in Australia this year:
HÄANA is also deep in the yoga/music/meditation scene, and performs her original orchestral and intuitive scores at numerous yoga festivals and studios around the world, including US and Canadian Wanderlust Festivals, collaborating with lauded teachers Elena Brower, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Eoin Finn, Aarona Lea, and many others. She facilitates meditation experiences with her chill live PA project DEEPSØNØS.
Follow HÄANA on Spotify, Soundcloud, Facebook, and Instagram and keep your eye out for more releases- we can hardly wait to see what is next!
Photography by Hana Wolf.
Cover art by Sequoia Emmanuelle.