philomenah - aphrodisiac (live) for UP2STNDRD
Shetlandic siren making r&b music about love, sex and melancholy.
Formerly known as SMUT. (née Hannah), philomenah’s new artistic direction is more genre-specific, infusing her love of trap, hip-hop and contemporary r&b into her songwriting. Her sound could be described as an amalgamation of her biggest influences: stacked harmonies à la Ariana Grande and Kehlani, candid and poignant lyrics akin to Mariah the Scientist and her favourite poet Sylvia Plath; and trapsoul-infused beats reminiscent of Drake and Jhené Aiko.
Classically trained on piano and voice, Hannah has had a love of music from a young age and began songwriting and learning guitar at 13. Initially performing her songs on guitar, she started playing gigs in her native Shetland in her teens. At 17, she was asked to play a support slot for Aidan Moffat (Mogwai) and Bill Wells during the tour for their album “Everything’s Getting Older”; a review of which described her as a “raw, unpolished talent”. The dexterity of her vocals has seen Hannah lend herself to a multitude of musical styles including melodic rock, folk, grunge, punk and pop. In a review of another of her Shetland performances, journalist Brian Peterson remarked that she was “in complete control of her voice”.
Currently based in Edinburgh, and having performed as SMUT. in a variety of settings (most notably at Sneaky Pete’s for Independent Venue Week at the beginning of 2020 alongside Fourth Daughter and Goodnight Louisa), Hannah has now rebranded as “philomenah” while she works on a new sound. Alongside producer RJ Cherry, she spent the duration of 2021 working consistently on new material which reflects her past experiences of an intense relationship turned sour. Dissecting experiences of abuse and simultaneously honing her sound has been a powerful experience for her, the catharsis of which she hopes is palpable in her new music.
Her debut EP "white dove" is out now.