Following the release of her new album ‘Deathbed Confessions’ last week, Hannah Rose Platt is very pleased to present a new video for one of its stand-out tracks: “The Gentleman”.
A glimmering acoustic folk track with a ghostly aura, “The Gentleman” captures Hannah Rose Platt’s trademark knack for telling expressive and uncanny stories through rich and enchanting melodies.
Spinning the spooky yarn of a benevolent spirit whose job in the afterlife is to ease the lives of others, the track arrives with a previously unseen official video that captures the song’s titular character on a journey through “human fear, injustice and the suffering of others”.
“The Gentleman” is taken from Hannah Rose Platt’s latest album ‘Deathbed Confessions’. Her first release with the Xtra Mile Recordings label, the record comprises a collection of ghoulish ghost stories, melodious murder ballads, and humorous hammer-horrors.
Inspired by classic horror such as Rod Serling’s ‘The Twilight Zone’, the** BBC’s ‘Inside No 9**’, and the balladeer categories of Samuel Peyps’; Platt distils them all and more into this wonderfully strange album. Featuring the singles “Feeding Time For Monsters”, “Dead Man On The G Train” and the spellbinding duet “The Mermaid & The Sailor”(with Ed Harcourt)’, dust-off the cobwebs of this especially creepy collection if you dare.
Speaking about ‘Deathbed Confessions’, Hannah says:
“I wanted to create a sonic anthology series of haunting vignettes, and wrote a collection of songs exploring polarised themes of death, love, the afterlife, murder, regret, the uncanny, the kindness of strangers, and the downright bizarre! The characters in the songs are linked as they travel by train to the afterlife, each revisiting key moments, decisions and regrets that subsequently shaped their lives. I hope the listener feels a desire to curl up and be transported back to ‘story-time’!”
Having received warm early reviews, the album was praised by The Crack as “twelve murder-ballad tales that are dripping in gothic stylings”, while Americana UK hailed the record as a glimpse into future greatness, enthusing “a resounding success and one that should see Platt’s trajectory as an artist and songwriter rise to the next level” (8/10).
Produced and recorded by Ed Harcourt at his Wolf Cabin Studios, Harcourt also performs a myriad of instruments throughout (Pianos, Drums, Baritone Guitars, Optigan, Backing Vocals, Synths, Percussion), as well as appearing for a co-write on”Hedy Lamarr”. Elsewhere, an array of guest players including the** Budapest Film Orchestra, Charlie Draper** (on Ondes-Martenist),** Freddie Draper (electric and double bass), Lester Brown (trumpet), with Gita Langley and Alex Palmer (on strings) all contributing to its unique signature. Mixed by the highly rated Dave Izumi Lynch**, the record was given its glossy finish with mastering by** Miles Showell** at** Abbey Road Studios**.
Reflecting on working with Hannah, Ed Harcourt says:
“What I love about working with Hannah is that she is very free and totally open to my delusional bouts of grandeur and hopefully you, the listener, will hear the love and the pathos and the dark humour that we have managed to commit to tape in equal measure… Hannah is a consummate storyteller and as soon as I heard her songs I was happily bewitched.”