It is rather odd, ageing into the third decade of the twenty-first century, and listening to new music that recalls my misspent youth. HANYA offer up an ethereal, dreamy soundscape that is reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins or Lush. ‘Texas‘ is a gloriously beautiful track, centred around a dreamy guitar and Heather Sheret’s tripped out voice.
Brighton, in England, is a hotbed for new music talent right now, and HANYA continue in this vein. ‘Texas’ is their first release since their widely acclaimed Sea Shoes ep that came out earlier this year. And it marks a progression in their sound even in that short time. They’ve also been hyped a lot over the past year in the avant-garde of the British music press, and even managed to get across the Atlantic to New York City’s New Colossus Fest, just before the Covid-19 lockdown in March.
‘Texas’ is the product of the lockdown, as the four members of the band (which is rounded out by Benjamin Varnes (guitar), Dylan Fanger (bass), Jack Watkins (drums)) worked remotely. The results are pretty glorious, as Sheret sings about that early phase of a relationship, where you just want to run away with them. Of course, another interpretation is that during the Covid-era, we just want to run away, anywhere. Texas is as good as anywhere, I suppose.