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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Electronic Dream Pop





Up until now Hansmole (or Hannah van Adrichem, according to her driver’s licence) has been first and foremost a visual artist. So it comes as no surprise that she brings an artist’s aesthetic to bear when she turns her talents to music. None of the tracks on ‘Whitest Whiteness’ are simple in their structure, as each has been carefully composed with a vision in mind. Consider the song “Sunshine” with its contrasting elements (a recurring device throughout the record). There are light leopards on the surface with a sombre rhythm below, like a dark undercurrent in a babbling brook. Van Adrichem’s pleasant voice is offset by eerie, heavily processed backing harmonies. When she sings the refrain, “Sunshine“, it is cleverly accompanied by a burst of glittering synths, like the sun suddenly bursting forth from behind a cloud.
Van Adrichem is not a follower of anyone as she sets about creating rhythms and beats that are all her own. To that she adds subtle touches of guitar, ukulele and leopards, and then accompanies her singing with her own processed vocals (at times, even sounding like a deep-voiced man). What you end up with is a collection of dark, primarily indie folk songs, although she does visit territories such as girl band pop (“Medicine”), Neko Case alt country (“Giantess”) and David Lynchian faux ’60’s torch music. Comparisons don’t really work, but if you want to get an idea of the general ballpark then think P.J. Harvey meets Chad Vangaalen.
Speaking of that latter reference, when it comes to Van Adrichem’s lyrics then Vangaalen just naturally comes to mind, because she has the same delightfully sinister obsession with death, drowning and being buried. On the track “New England” she opens with these lines:

“My brother was eaten by wolves in Connecticut
They couldn’t find his body or the yarn connecting it
So I went to the garden and dug a hole
And that’s where I hid when the wave hit.”

For a debut album, ‘Whitest Whiteness’ is impressively poised and starkly original, and it is almost startling when you consider that this is a DIY effort by van Adrichem alone. Not only is this one of the better female singer-songwriter works this year (no small feat with the likes of Valery Gore, Elizabeth Shepherd, Cold Specks and Lydia Ainsworth, just from Canada) but I would also rank this among one of the best albums of 2014, period. - Ride the Tempo

"Top 25 Albums of 2014"

#20 - Victoria’s Hansmole caught us completely off guard with her spectacular synth-laden chilled-out dream pop record. - Silent Shout

"Hansmole – Whitest Whiteness Cassette (Shake! Records)"

A bit of a different kind of release among all the trashed out rock n’ roll chaos we’ve been getting here at the Audio Ammunition remote castle stronghold. Enter Victoria, British Colombia’s Hansmole slowly gliding 6 inches above the ground like an apparition in the foggy darkness. The music is a mixture of dim, swirling, atmospherics like Dead Can Dance mixed with The Velvet Underground. Some of the songs vary from an electronic droning background to more earthy textures woven throughout. Either way the album feels brilliantly pieced together and has a definite disposition of twilight ambiance that haunts your consciousness for quite sometime after listening. ~ J Castro - Audio Ammunition

"Hansmole - Whitest Whiteness"

Here sprout rhythms that tidal shift you into the lucidity of cycled seasons. The product of the water colour creature in the closet creeping out to duets on bedroom synth sessions. To weave tales of the struggle between the lightness and the darkness. To espouse the eternal growth and decay. With these twisted sorts of lullabies what dreams will come? - Johnnie Regalado - Weird Canada


"Whitest Whiteness" - 2014, Shake! Records (Victoria, BC)



Hansmole is the dark and dreamy electro infused solo project of Hannah van Adrichem. Independently, she both writes and records in her Victoria, BC bedroom and performs them live with an array of analog and midi instruments. Hansmole's debut album "Whitest Whiteness" is composed of primarily guitar and ukulele based songs layered and fused with intricate electronic production and was released on Sept. 17, 2014 by Shake! Records. Major influences for the album include The Knife, Fever Ray, Sin Fang, Joanna Newsom, and Caribou. 

Since the album's release, Hansmole has been working to establish a presence in the local live scene, playing shows with bands such as Vancouver's Animal Bodies and Toronto's Phedre. "Whitest Whiteness" maintains solid radio play on the University of Victoria's radio station (CFUV), having held the #1 spot for 3 weeks from October 1st to 21st and retaining a spot in the top 30 since then. Nationally, the album has sat at #10 on earshot.com's electronic chart and has been played at university radio stations across the country. "Whitest Whiteness" was chosen by Silent Shout to hold the #20 spot on their list of Top 25 Albums of 2014, calling it a "spectacular synth-laden chilled-out dream pop record." 

Hannah van Adrichem is also a visual artist who has exhibited locally on Vancouver Island, sold artwork around the world, and has had pieces selected for scene design in television. Her approaches to visual art and music influence each other and are often used together to bring a project to completion. Limited run album packages of "Whitest Whiteness" contained hand-coloured 'zines with lyrics and original drawings, buttons of the artist's work, hand-stamped linocut patches, and the album cassette itself with all art by Hansmole. 

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