Gondwana’s latest addition to their piano-laden roster is Estonian-born, London-based Hanakiv. Described as a sound artist and pianist, there is definitely a splash of Hauschka prepared piano about her new single ‘Goodbye’. Some piano keys have been wired up to clunky and buzz and whilst the main riff is melodic, there is a detuned element to it that gives the riff a sting in the tail. I can also see fans of artists like Kelly Moran enjoying this as Hanakiv has dark electronic undertones simmering away with drum machines, synths and brass effects hiding underneath. Interestingly, Hanakiv says ‘Goodbyes’, her forthcoming debut album, is one of healing. She says it is about saying goodbye to the things that do not serve you anymore. The single is a mixture of ambient sound, classical and electronica combined to feel powerful and a little uncomfortable.
Hanakiv had an unusual start to her music career as she began studying music in a school for handbells. This led to Hanakiv being part of a handbell ensemble for eight years, building her piano chops up at the same time. She then switched to her electroacoustic sound at a later point and cites Regina Spektor as an influence too. It’s no wonder with a melting pot like that, she composes unconventional music.
Enjoy the beautiful music video for ‘Goodbye’ below, the single is out now. ‘Goodbyes’ is due out on the 10th of March and you can pre-order it now. For more information on Hanakiv, visit her website.