Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from Hawk.
Inequality, exclusion and generalisations: they’re just some of the topics touched upon in Hawk’s EP ‘She Knows,’ which comes out this Friday (17th March). Recent track ‘Mirror Maze’ looked at societal expectations from a distinctly female perspective, while ‘Take It Away’ was written after one of Julie Hawk’s friends was followed home after a night out.
The band’s awareness of social issues continues on her latest track ‘Ghosts,’ but on a much wider scale. On it, the band suggests that people should be allowed to break free from constrictive societal standards in order to be comfortable in our own individual skin. Building upon its dreamlike, elegant foundations slowly, it’s a track that gradually ramps up on the intensity scale, eventually introducing waves of heavy percussion and intertwining riffs.
On the chorus, Julie Hawk’s voice really takes flight, repeating the same line over and over like an aspirational mantra to reach for something beyond. While Hawk don’t describe themselves as an overtly political band, their subtle powers of suggestion are second to none.
Get the first spin of ‘Ghosts’ and see all of Hawk’s upcoming tour dates below.
22 Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
23 London, The Waiting Room
30 Cork, Cyprus Avenue
31 Leap, Connolly’s of Leap
01 Kilkenny, Pumphouse
02 Waterford, Central Arts
05 Galway, Roisin Dubh
06 Dublin, Whelan’s