Manchester gig aficionardo Shay Rowan shares his thoughts and images from the Darkher show last week.
Into the half light that cuts across the stage steps a slender figure dressed in black, her waist length red hair and pale complexion creating a classically beautiful image that serves to compliment the sound that will enchant those gathered as she begins to play.
Darkher is the name given to the musical project that it’s creator (and
tonight’s solo) performer Jayn Hanna has been carefully nurturing since
her decision to dissolve her previous band The Steals.
Darkher is the name that it’s creator (and tonight’s solo performer) Jayn Hanna has been carefully nurturing since her decision to dissolve her previous band The Steals
Over a period of several years The Steals produced many great live performances from their ever shifting line up and in addition created one of my favourite albums of all time in “Static Kingdom” – a lush landscape of sound harnessing elements of folk, blues and tribal beats with soaring guitars and drenched with the almost impossible beauty of Jayn Hanna’s voice – at once both passionate and haunting.
A lush landscape of sound harnessing elements of folk, blues and tribal beats with soaring guitars
As the time came to begin the creative process for The Steals second album she found herself wishing to treat the presentation of her songs in a different way with more emphasis on simplifying her delivery – bringing herself to the fore without the guitar layered soundscapes she
Thus was born Darkher, reflecting in both name and in the titles of the songs which featured tonight – such as “Lament” and “Ghost Tears” – an even more lonely and haunting approach to Jayn’s gift for creating dark fairy tales combining a feel of both chilling loneliness and the warmth
A captivating version of the wonderful “Hung” brings to a close a magically atmospheric set epitomising the exciting new direction being taken by an artist behind whose fragile elegance lies a creator of a powerfully emotive work that promises much to very excited about for some time to come.
Powerfully emotive work that promises much to very excited about for some time to come
All images © Shay Rowan