Singer/songwriter Hana Pestle spent several years making a go at music as an acoustic artist, and her strong writing and vocal skills did draw industry attention, landing her on tours with artists like Collective Soul and Joshua Radin. But a couple of years ago she started to explore the studio more and met producer Blood Diamonds, leading her to reinvent herself as HANA and take her songs in a more Electronic Pop direction. That new direction got tested on a large scale immediately. Lorde tweeted about her first release, the single “Clay,” to her 3 million-plus followers. And when she went on tour singing back-up for Grimes (who was playing large venues opening for Lana Del Rey), HANA performed “Clay” to a huge and appreciative audience during Grimes’ set. Earlier this summer, HANA released her second single, “Avalanche,” another sparse, ethereal track that’s richly melodic and layered with vocals.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Foxes, Jessie Ware, Sky Ferreira, Grimes. (MB)