Hanwho – “In That Place”


Released today, “In That Place” is a vibrant, melodic success from Hanwho, the musical project of Hanno van den Berg. Originally from the Eastern shores of South Africa, the project touts a broad, eclectic sound that touches on psychedelia, funk, rock, R&B, and beyond. This track feels very alive, propelled by sample-based hip-hop percussion, suave guitar licks, and hypnotic vocal layers. The two-minute mark sees a lovely interaction between synths, loose guitars, and lulling percussion. Per the artist, the track “refers to being in a place where things might not be that easy but hopes to remind us that we are working towards something bigger and more wholesome and that the sacrifices made are essential and worth it.”

“The song started with the initial guitar chord progression which is 16 bars long,” Hanwho continues. “I wrote it in 2016 shortly after moving to Cape Town from a smaller city in SA to pursue my art and career in music having parted with my first and thus far only love of my life. I performed it for several years and finally recorded all the parts myself in my bedroom earlier in 2019 before immigrating to NZ. I’m currently working and lending myself to the bigger picture which is exactly what the song is about, so it’s a fitting time to share it.”

“In That Place” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the best-of Spotify compilation Best Tracks of 2019.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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