Bandcamp exploration 2: Hanahazukashi

Another week has gone by and I’ve been really really – I mean it, really really – bored. Next level boredom; like downloading Tinder again level bored. I mean it. So once that entertainment source was exhausted, I dug up some of my old musical discoveries. Is there a better time to do so than when you’re bored out of your mind, flipping through pictures of boys on your phone?

Here is what I dug up from my musical past; I thought I should share it with you all, it is too pretty to keep it to myself. The EP I want to talk to you about this week is Hanahazukashi‘s endemic that she released in 2016. Now, you won’t find this one on Spotify, even on Bandcamp, you need to do some digging – lucky you, the digging has been done by yours truly.

This EP is a 5 song offering from Hanahazukashi, an American young lady who lives and teaches in Japan if what I get from the lyrics is true. If you’ve ever thought you needed a harp playing singing woman somewhere between Regina Spektor, Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens in your life – yes, that sounds like something I’d wish for – then look no further. We’ve found her.

I fell in love with those songs as soon as I heard them. What drew me in first was her expressive and emotional vocal delivery. When she sings, every word feels like the truest ever uttered. The original instrumentation was another point I was really keen on. I mean, the girl plays the harp; I was sold right then and there. And the songs with the percussions take on some strangely Japanese flavours that I appreciate.

But really what I love most about those songs is the lyrics. Hanahazukashi draws pictures of her memories and life in a way that makes you want to know more and join her in that universe. The song When I Kissed You It Was Holy made me want to kiss someone and actually mean it for once and make it beautiful like in Casablanca. This EP is full of great lines that got stuck in my head – and I don’t want them to ever come out of there.

Convinced yet that you should get it? Well, if not go give it a listen on Bandcamp – you can also buy it here!

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