An artist I’ve found during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Hope Hardy is one of those shining lights you find in the darkness that oozes with talent. One of the only positives to come out of these uneasy times, Hope Hardy’s songwriting found it’s way into my heart last year and has been there ever since. Returning with a ten-track collection of bitter-sweet and heartwarming depictions of every-day life, ‘Comfort Blanket‘ is certainly the perfect name for this release. Reassuring and something you want to hold on to, ‘Comfort Blanket’ is a cross-genre album that anyone could fall in love with.
Speaking about the release, Hope Hardy had this to say, “I wrote this album in a lockdown, and yet each song opened a door I hadn’t felt strong enough to open. This album echoes the rough, unkind parts of my mind and makes them whole, tangible, and within reach. It voices a desperation to be seen, to be understood and to be answered. It’s angry and questioning and indignant and hopeful. It began as self-diagnosed therapy and now it’s a comforting reminder that we’re not alone.“
Birmingham based and armed with one of the most powerful voices on the music scene, Hope’s kind nature isn’t just in her music, but off stage too. With all proceedings from ‘Comfort Blanket’ to be donated to Papyrus – a UK suicide prevention charity – the release is completely bewitching. Bathed in Hope’s signature sound, songs such as ‘Mr Happy’, ‘Clementines’ & ‘I Dream in Purple’ stand out with their innovative arrangements. There is not one bad song on this release, making it a huge success and a push for Hope in the right direction.
As that famous quote from Christopher Reeve’s states… ‘once you choose Hope, anything’s possible’. Dive into this songwriter’s discography, you will NOT be disappointed.