Asthmatic Hard is the latest project of Glasgow-based songwriter and composer, Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones. Born in Denmark and later relocating to the UK, Hannah has gathered plenty of acclaim for her songwriting, in the shape of both strong reviews for her debut EP, Lost Astronaut and with receipt of a prestigious, Roundhouse Resident Artist Program. Asthmatic Harp are now gearing up towards releasing a brand-new EP, Things We Learned To Live For, and today we’re sharing the latest single from it, Bird Of Paradise.
Hannah has described the song as, “a bittersweet love song”, laced with imagery of spring flowers blooming in step with a burgeoning relationship. Embedded within the track is a tribute to Cole Porter, as Hannah sings, “what is this thing called Spring?”, referencing the jazz standard, What Is This Thing Called Love.
Musically, the track is a delightfully playful slice of alt-folk, with a rhythmic acoustic guitar propelling the track forward alongside warm clarinet, fluttering piano flourishes and Hannah’s vocal, pitched somewhere between Regina Spector’s characterful delivery and Laura Marling’s near-perfect tones. The hopefulness of Spring, new growth and positive futures might not seem to have yet kicked in this year, listening to Asthmatic Harp you are reminded that they still could.
Things We Learned To Live With is out soon. Click HERE for more information on Asthmatic Harp.