By Eric. R. Danton
Hannah Gill would be the first to tell you that she doesn’t have the broadest perspective when it comes to romance, but the 18-year-old singer took a crack at writing about it anyway on her song “Silver Screens.” Gill premieres a video for the tune today on Speakeasy.
It’s a somber track, with moody and atmospheric keyboards surrounding a full, emotive voice that sounds remarkably self-assured for a singer who’s only been making music professionally for a few years. Inspired by videos PJ Harvey has made “with just a camera and her ‘thing,’” Gill says she and her collaborators shot the clip in one night in New York City, using a subway station and the streets of Manhattan as a backdrop. Clay Patrick McBride directed.
“I had three grown men running around me at one point in front of the Flatiron Building,” Gill says by email. “I had to try my hardest not to lose it! It is such a sad song but the process of creating the music video was so much fun.”
She wrote “Silver Screens” about an old-Hollywood depiction of epic romance, she says. “I just finished high school so my subject matter on the topic is somewhat limited, but I am still hopeful of the possibility,” she says.
The song came out as a single earlier this month, and it was one of five tracks on “I Feel Awake,” an EP that Gill released in January. It was her second EP, following a self-titled effort in 2014.
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Read the full article here: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/09/28/hannah-gill-explores-new-york-in-silver-screens-video-exclusive/