UK artist Hattie Whitehead’s recent work has been shaped by the death of her mother, bringing a rawness and profoundness to her latest work.
This is no clearer then on superb new single “Read My Mind”, as Hattie lays bare the loneliness and desperation of grieving and facing the impossibility of replicating a mother’s love in another relationship, and the tension that creates.
On the video for the track: Guitar and vocals: Hattie Whitehead, lead guitar: Billy Adamson, keyboards: Rupert Cox, bass: Loz Garratt, drums: Peter Adam Hill. Recorded and mixed by Neil Goody at The Premises, shot and edited by Max Bandicoot, projector visuals by Damien O’Doherty.
Hattie Whitehead was raised on folk and jazz greats of the 60s and 70s, accounting for inflections of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake in her vocals, met with more modern tastes in artists such as Wolf Alice, Kurt Vile and Angel Olson. She has previously released a debut “Home” EP (2015) and the “Old Soul” EP in (2019).
Alongside her solo music, she also fronts the acclaimed Hejira, which celebrates the work of Joni Mitchell, and was recently interviewed by Craig Charles for BBC 6 Music about the project.
* Next month she plays a headline London show to launch her “Mechanism” EP: 23rdNovember at the Waiting Room.