A Good Read A Good Listen and a Good Drink: Hannah Curwood, Hannah in the Wars

It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.

In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.

Only Wanna Be, by Hannah in the Wars, is lush, expansive and seductive, a dark siren song of longing. I fell in love with it at first listen.

It, like the rest of Hannah in the Wars’ self-titled first record, came into the world when Hannah Curwood left her native New Zealand (Central … Continue reading