Hannah Jadagu Releases Debut Album ‘Aperture’ [Album Review]

Ben Wego

Hannah Jadagu, a budding indie artist, just released her debut album Aperture on May 19, a 12 track record imbued in a soft rock and R&B twinkle that shines with sweet melancholic melodies. Jadagu isn’t a stranger to heartbreak songs and experimental pop, with well received songs like "What is Going On?" and "All My Time is Wasted" that preceded her debut album, her robust lyricism, a sparkling glass of nostalgia, is reminiscent of her contemporaries Clairo, Arlo Parks, and Beabadoobee. Originally from Texas and now based in New York City attending NYU, Jadagu has signed to the label “Sub Pop” and is entering the line of next gen songwriters.

Tracks like "Lose" (“Moving on with you / What more could I do? / It’s best if this is something new / So why am I scared to lose?”) and "What You Did" (“Say Your favorite line / Choose your words right / I know what you did / Hey, did you even try?”) exhibit a soft rock ambience electrifying the experience of young heartbreak. "Warning sign," "Six Months," and opening track "Explanation" showcase Jadegu’s ability to genre switch from indie pop to R&B. "Say It Now," "Admit it," and "Dreaming" are indie pop ear candy that will keep Clairo and girl in red fans hooked.

“I will admit it I want to be there for you / All of the times that you have helped me through / hate that you think that I would just ignore you / Second, to breathe will get me back in tune,” she coos over vivacious drums in "Admit it"; A track that embodies the resurfacing feelings and longing to rekindle the fire with a past lover after the loneliness of their absence sinks in. Jadagu introduces psychedelic rock rhythms with "Shut Down" – a pensive woeful number and "Scratched the Surface" a catchy favorite. She closes the album with "Letter to Myself" and "Your Thoughts Are Ur Biggest Obstacle" successfully leaving listeners with a gentle goodbye.

Hannah Jadagu possesses an innate songwriting ability that magically captures the introspective and sentimental value of the complex social experiences we face as adolescents. She pairs these lyrics with beautiful melodies and crafts songs that flow into a story mastered in genre experimentation and comforting relatability.

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