Ōtautahi singer-songwriter Hannah Everingham released Mercury, the first single of her upcoming second album, in August this year. With a sound reminiscent of Tiny Ruins and Nadia Reid it’s little surprise Hannah recently played support to Hollie Fullbrook and band at a show in Port Chalmers. NZ On Air Music featured the charmingly liquid tune on their NewTracks compilation in September.
Hello I am Hannah Everingham, from Ōtautahi in New Zealand. I play guitars, piano and occasional drums when the inspiration takes me.
I really wanted a cool pseudonym that was elegant and chic, but unfortunately I couldn’t find any that felt right… so my real name became my artist name.
Mercury is the first single from a sophomore unreleased album of mine. 🙂 It was recorded and mixed by Thomas Isbister, with Mike Kime on double bass and Doug Brush on percussion. It will be the follow-up to my debut album ‘Between Bodies’ that came out late last year, which Thomas and I also worked on together. Mercury is my first single included on NewTracks.
I opened solo for Tiny Ruins in Port Chalmers this year which was fun. Also, playing with my really cool band has been great. Mike and Thomas and I have opened for Erny Belle and also recently had a headline show in Ōtepoti alongside Bob Scott and Francisca Griffin.
To me in my writing it feels like a song that is ok to sit by itself for a while. I like that about singles, they have to feel ok by themselves. Courageous.
I wrote Mercury just around the time that I was wrapping up recording on my debut album ‘Between Bodies’ in early 2022. I took it to Thomas, Mike and Doug while we finished recording the album together. I remember that during the recording sessions we ate kimchi and peanut butter sandwiches and discussed Doug’s collection of seasonal fruit trees. I also remember I was reading Adrienne Rich’s Dream of A Common Language at the time, somehow a word like ‘aspen’ found its way into the song.
I love the vibraphone parts that Doug and Thomas created together.
That sometimes leaving is returning 🙂
I tend to jump in and out of podcasts, but recently a friend reminded me of Rick Ruben’s Broken Record one. I enjoyed listening to his chat with James Blake.
Not a music video, but a live studio recording exits of me and Mike, Doug and Thomas playing Mercury. It was recorded at Loho Studios in Ōtautahi, with Adam Hogan and Josh Logan on cinematography & sound.