These Hands releases new EP: Review, Interview

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Saskatoon songwriter delves deeper into experimental folk with new EP

These Hands aka Mike Hanson, a Saskatoon-based experimental folk songwriter, has released a new four song EP entitled Flesh Vessel.

With the majority of the songs clocking in at less than two minutes each, Flesh Vessel is almost something of a blip on the prairies radar. However, having added shimmering sound layers and beats over top of drone-y vocals and strange instrumentation, the EP hardly classifies as easy listening.

Delay-ridden guitar lines shuffle casually overtop of Hanson’s nearly indecipherable vocals. But with plenty of room made for harmonies and melodies, the experimental nature of the EP was a wholly conscious effort says Hanson.

Delay-ridden guitar lines shuffle casually overtop of Hanson’s nearly indecipherable vocals.

“The main thing [was] to kind of break out of a shell of what I felt was limiting me from expanding further musically and lyrically,” says Hanson. “I specifically wanted to explore tones more. Lyrically I wanted to try breaking out of rhythm with off-kilter placed lyrics, almost like slam poetry.

“I started having a lot of fun again,” he adds.

Catch These Hands live this Friday, Oct. 5 at Amigos.