Hannah Jadagu may be young, but she displays a crafted talent on her debut album ‘Aperture’. On the surface, many people may think that musicians devote their lives to their craft, but the Texas-born singer is also balancing university studies, making this album even more impressive.
Upon a first listen, it feels like a crossover between indie, pop, and punk, as the album transcends from a punchy beginning to a mellow end. The ethereal, Ariana Grande-seeming track ‘Explanation’ opens the album with faded strings and electric guitars. This sets a laid-back expectation for what’s to come, but ‘Say It Now’ trumps this with Hannah’s authoritative impression through drum-led, grungy instrumentation.
‘Say It Now’ along with ‘Lose’ and other angsty instrumentation-led tracks give a nostalgic, Y2K aura to the record – fitting for Hannah’s fanbase of other young women, including myself. Lyrically, the record speaks to the collective feelings of teenagers across the globe. ‘Letter To Myself’ is earnest with the admission of ‘’lately there’s been confrontation and she’s convinced herself that’s all there can be,’’ and ‘Your Thoughts Are Ur Biggest Obstacle’ references the more mundane parts of teenage hood with “it’s Saturday, slept in too long.” The vivacious teenage angst that we’ve all felt once in a while also shines through with the punchy ‘What You Did’ as she shouts “I don’t wanna talk to you again” and “I hate it when you sing.”
The production on this record is excellent considering its DIY settings and the singer’s young age. Granted the loud instrumentation does drown out her smooth, controlled vocals in some places, but this also adds to the homegrown, angsty motifs.
Toned-down moments are where the best songs live as Hannah’s vocals take centre stage, whether it’s through the ballad ‘Letter To Myself’ or the jazzy bedroom pop moment ‘Warning Sign’ which is entrenched with crafted melodies. The record could almost be split in half as it takes a rockier tone in the first tracks, which is gradually reduced to captivating stripped back endings. A true musical journey indeed.
Words: Amrit Virdi