Hannah Schneider – We Will Be the Only Sound in the World (Spotify)

“Prepare for a magic trip with Hannah Schneider. Her Cinematic work is based on piano keys and impessive voice capabilities. The mix is slow and powerful, full of tranquility and with some taste of melancholy that cannot leave you unaffected.”


Cinematic singer-songwriter Hannah Schneider will be releasing her latest single, ‘We’ll Be The Only Sound In The World’ on the 5th of November. The single is the first to be shared from her upcoming album Ocean Letters which will be released in September 2022 via Midnight Confessions. The singer is one half of the celebrated duo AyOwA who have received significant international support from the likes of Huffington Post, The Independent, VICE, The Line of Best Fit, CLASH Magazine and Wonderland Magazine as well as airplay from both BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens as well as BBC Radio 6’s 6mix with Nemone. Independently, Hannah Schneider has been nominated for several music prizes in Denmark, and has performed all over Europe, the UK and the USA.


Born and based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Hannah Schneider has previously both lived and toured in the UK. Hannah signed to Sony Music in 2009 and subsequently released two full-length albums - a self-titled debut in and Me vs I. In 2014, her third album Red Lines was released on Mermaid / Sony and UK label Lojinx. Her atmospheric sound has also recently appeared in the international nordic TV series Ride Upon the Storm. Constantly evolving, Schneider makes up part of the performance duo Philip | Schneider with fellow labelmate Josephine Philip.


As a daughter to two classical musicians, Hannah Schneider finds inspiration in a wide variety of artists including Hania Rani, Beach House, Satie, Björk, Hania Rani, Serge Gainsbourg and Debussy. The singer’s unique melancholic nordic sound calls to mind the likes of Olafur Arnalds, Aldous Harding and The Cinematic Orchestra.


Creating an intimate connection between the neo-classical and the modern, Hannah Schneider holds up a mirror to a melancholic world while gently decorating it with shimmering electronic embellishments and an escapable truth. ‘We Will Be the Only Sound in the World’ finds the balance between sensual and melancholic as the singer’s engaging charisma compliments her ambient Nordic soundscapes.

Speaking of the song, Hannah Schneider tells us: “This is the first single from my forthcoming album "Ocean Letters"- an album that is thematically inspired by Danish poet Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen and her little book of the same name, that talks about the evolution of the world as it is seen by the Ocean. This song is written from the perspective of a conch shell, telling its stories of the grains of sand and the waves that indented it, playing with the fact that seashells actually are a kind of amplifier of ambient noise. The song was written during a lockdown in Denmark this January, and it reflects the feeling of pandemic stillness - the lack of aeroplanes in the sky, and traffic sounds that usually create eternal background noise.”

Reviewed by Nagamag on November 16, 2021