Hanna’s latest is called “Sinatra.” Here’s what he had to say about it:
I was given an Italian chord organ from a friend as a gift, it was built in the early ’60s and I was really rather taken by its sound, a sort of airy creakiness. When I sat down to play it for the first time I wrote “Sinatra,” which is I suppose a sort of Italian murder ballad. I’m not sure why I would write such a song to be honest, I may have been in a vengeful mood, or perhaps the chord organ had some dark secrets and wanted to channel them through my fingers! We may never know.
Though Hanna has had some rather old-school songs in his past — perhaps, even, ones that might sound like a garbled echo of a crooner like Sinatra — this song is not it. It looks further back than the middle of the 20th century, to an Old World vibe and an eeriness fitting for a murder ballad. Check it out below.
The Hill is out 10/16 via Strange Brew.