Folk, Indie-Pop, and Art Rock Blend: Hamish Hawk Impresses with Unique Musical Style Thoughts+Photos: Hamish Hawk for British Music Embassy during SXSW 3/17/23
AUSTIN, TX- Hamish Hawk, the Scottish singer-songwriter and musician, is a name that’s been on my radar for some time, and finally, I had the chance to see him perform live. From the first note, I was hooked. His unique blend of folk, indie-pop, and art rock was a delight to the senses, and I found myself tapping my foot and nodding my head to the beat.
But it wasn’t just the music that caught my attention. It was Hawk’s stage presence and energetic charisma that really made the performance shine. He moved around the stage with ease, adding an energy to the music that made it not only something to listen to, but also something to watch.
Hawk’s distinctive vocal style, which blends spoken word and singing, was nothing short of captivating. His voice was rich and expressive, and he used it to great effect to convey the wit and emotion of his lyrics. In fact, I was struck by his ability to tell stories through his music, with themes ranging from love and loss to the ordinary struggles of life.
While some critics have compared Hawk’s vocal style to that of David Byrne of the Talking Heads, I couldn’t help but feel that he was channeling the spirit of Morrissey, if Morrissey actually let his hair down and had some fun on stage. And fun was certainly what I had during Hawk’s performance.
Overall, it was clear to me that Hamish Hawk is a talented artist with a unique voice and a gift for storytelling. His stage presence and energy made for an unforgettable performance, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.