NEWS : FRI, MAY 19, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Hannah Jadagu Releases Her Debut Album Aperture

Today, Hannah Jadagu (pron. juh-dah-goo) will release Aperture, her debut album, worldwide through Sub Pop. The full-length features 12 tracks, including “Say It Now,” “What You Did,” “Warning Sign,” “Admit It,” and “Lose,” which Stereogum calls “sharp and insistent.” Aperture was co-produced by Jadagu and Max Robert Baby at Greasy Studios Paris, mixed by Marcus Linon, and mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Mastering.

Jon Pareles of The New York Times says of the album, “She sings about being scared to get serious in the folk-to-grunge ‘Lose’; about trying to get someone to forget an ex in the lurching, psychedelia-tinged ‘Six Months’; and about trying to figure out where she stands in a relationship in ‘Say It Now,’ which expands from a winsome plaint into a stomping pop chorus…Jadagu has a singular sense of melody. Her phrases hopscotch around, full of angular leaps that also feel easy and conversational. Those melodies turn out to be equally effective whether they’re leaping across distorted guitar chords, suave keyboards or abstract soundscapes (see May 16th feature “Hannah Jadagu Turns Small Moments Into Big Pop Songs”).
Jadagu will celebrate the release of Aperture with a hometown release show at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right this Saturday, May 20th. Later this summer, she will also appear at Salt Lake City’s Mind The Gap Festival on August 26th. Jadagu has also announced a 19-date, headlining US tour for the fall of 2023 in support of Aperture, which begins Wednesday, September 6th in Philadelphia, PA at PhilaMOCA and ends Sunday, October 1st in Chicago, IL at Schubas. A current list of dates is below.
Sat. May 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
Sat. Aug. 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Mind The Gap Festival
Wed. Sep. 06 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
Thu. Sep. 07 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd
Fri. Sep. 08 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)
Sat. Sep. 09 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR
Sun. Sep. 10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Purgatory)
Tue. Sep. 12 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall - Upstairs
Wed. Sep. 13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Thu. Sep. 14 - Austin, TX - Ballroom
Sat. Sep. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Sun. Sep. 17 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues Voodoo Room
Tue. Sep. 19 - Los Angeles, CA -  The Echo
Wed. Sep. 20 - San Francisco, CA - Popscene at Brick & Mortar
Thu. Sep. 21 - Sacramento, CA - The Starlet Room
Sat. Sep. 23 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
Sun. Sep. 24 - Portland, OR - Polaris
Mon. Sep. 25 - Boise, ID - El - Korah Shrine Basement
Wed. Sep. 27 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Fri. Sep. 29 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
Sun. Oct. 01 - Chicago, IL - Schubas

Aperture is available now from Sub Popselect independent retailers in North America, and the UK and EU. LP preorders will receive the limited Loser edition on red transparent vinyl (while supplies last).

What people are saying about Hannah Jadagu’s Aperture:
“Her debut full-length retains the intimacy of those bedroom recordings while making good on their promise, with cleaner melodies and production texture pulled from the pop, hip-hop and indie music that soundtracked a suburban Texan childhood. Aperture is Jadagu’s coming-of-age mixtape, chronicling bad breakups (scuzzy garage rocker “What You Did”), sibling allyship (the glitchy “Admit It”) and leaving behind a religious upbringing (distorted diary entry “Letter To Myself”); while opener “Explanation*s hazy vocals and synthesized strings is Mazzy Star updated for the TikTok generation.” - UNCUT
“Hannah Jadagu has mastered a new kind of coming-of-age album…The Sub Pop signee’s debut broadens her range beyond its DIY origins, and mirrors the way that change can heighten emotions.” “Next Noise Interview”NME
“Hannah Jadugu’s sun-kissed, whimsical DIY sound brings something new to the table… Jadugu’s youthful indie-pop soothes like a summer afternoon – a much-needed antidote to those January blues. Last year, she took on her first UK shows, no doubt leaving them hungry for more. Her debut album, due out next spring, should keep them satisfied.” “The 10 New Music Acts To Watch In 2023” - THE INDEPENDENT
Aperture is a captivatingly atmospheric debut from Hannah Jadagu. As indie, bedroom pop, and shoegaze entwine, her softly powerful vocals guide us as her lyrics span dreamy reverie to longing; love to liminality…Understated but never dreary, on Aperture Jadagu invites us into her inner world with refreshing vulnerability - to feel as she feels, dream as she dreams, and ultimately, to hold hope at the end of it all.” ★★★★ - THE SKINNY
“A hushed, hazy song that maps interpersonal tensions onto musical contrasts: quiet and loud, sustained and rhythmic, dulcet and distorted… ‘Warning Sign’ could have been an easygoing R&B vamp, but Jadagu has other imperatives; the song coos with keyboard chords and airborne harmonies, then crashes or glitches. What she hears goes with what she feels: “I can’t stand to hear your voice when it’s oh so loud/Could you quiet down?” “The Playlist” - THE NEW YORK TIMES
“The latest single from the 20-year-old indie-pop singer-songwriter Hannah Jadagu is suffused with a dreamy atmosphere, but her lyrics pierce right through the haze: “I know what you did,” she sings, repeatedly, to the object of her disappointment…‘What You Did’ showcases Jadagu’s easy aptitude with lilting melodies and her love of deliciously crunchy texture.” “The Playlist” - THE NEW YORK TIMES
“‘What You Did’ is crunchy and satisfying, a blast of fuzz accompanying Jadagu insistent chorus of “I know what you did.” - STEREOGUM
“Confident, propulsive and armed with one hell of a groove, ‘Warning Sign’ sounds like the future..” - GUITAR WORLD
“At first, ‘Warning Sign’… sounds sparse and soft, but then it transforms with surprising instrumentation. Abrupt percussion, gentle keys and spatial strings turn the indie-pop song into a textured listen. It’s yet another sublime, melodious track from the Texas-born singer, songwriter, producer and student.” - COOL HUNTING
“Finding a song that encapsulates the anxiety and overstimulation of pushing forward is not an easy feat. Luckily, we have talented singer Hannah Jadagu to express it well. She’s just like you — she can’t see the ‘Warning Sign’ when it matters most. Relatably, on top of her artistry, she’s a college student grinding her way to stardom, showing it takes more than beauty and a bold voice to tackle the music industry. Her latest hit’s honest lyrics and groovy bassline exhibit her undeniable potential.” “Bop Shop” - MTV NEWS
[‘Say It Now’ is] a lucid slice of indie pop, the hazy guitars wrap themselves around a lyric that refuses to shy away from difficult questions, most notably aimed at its narrator.” - CLASH
“If the emotions are wrought, then Jadagu’s music is a balm: soft yet with enough punch to underscore the feeling at the center of the song.” [“Say It Now”] - THE FADER
“‘Say It Now’ remains a triumphantly dreamlike stitching together of smooth R&B tones and spacious indie instrumentation, with pop elements bleeding through the seams. Each line of the track escapes into the next, like meat falling away from the bone.”- THE LINE OF BEST FIT

Posted by Abbie Gobeli