HANA’s ‘HANADRIEL’ is an anime sci-fi fantasy.

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HANA’s ‘HANADRIEL’ is an anime sci-fi fantasy.

The cover of HANA’s second studio album and first under her new stage name, 'HANADRIEL'.

The cover of HANA’s second studio album and first under her new stage name, 'HANADRIEL'.

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The cover of HANA’s second studio album and first under her new stage name, 'HANADRIEL'.

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The cover of HANA’s second studio album and first under her new stage name, 'HANADRIEL'.

Mason Montano, Music Editor

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Initially debuting in May 2008 with her self-titled debut EP, American singer-songwriter and producer Hana Pestle released her debut album, The Way, in September 2009, and another EP, For the Sky, in September 2011, before completely changing the direction of her career upon meeting American electronic producer BloodPop in 2013.

Feeling dissatisfied with the music she was making at the time, she took a two-year hiatus to learn music production, and in May 2015, she re-emerged as “HANA” with a new sound and image. While her early work was largely guitar-based, her new style was more dreamy and electronic-sounding, and her second self-titled EP, HANA, was released in March 2016.

In mid-September, HANA announced she would be live streaming the making of her new album via Twitch over the course of the following four weeks, allowing fans to watch as she wrote, produced, and recorded the entire album in real-time. The stream concluded in late October, and HANA’s second studio album, HANADRIEL, was released in early November.

HANADRIEL is an evolution of the style that first appeared on HANA, adding elements of techno and nu-metal into the atmospheric sound of the record to create a fantastical musical experience. The ethereal opening track, “Satellite”, also establishes a spacey theme, with HANA comparing the feeling of being lost in the world to that of a satellite floating aimlessly through space. 

An avid video game fan, as she frequently streams herself playing various games on her Twitch account, HANA incorporates her love of video games into HANADRIEL through mellow instrumental tracks like, “Moonwell” and “Hanadriel’s Theme”, that remind me of background music from fantasy role-playing games, such as The Elder Scrolls, giving the album the feel of an authentic video game OST (original soundtrack). 

She’s also a fan of anime, which she references with the song “Cowgirl Bebop”, as the title is a play on Japanese sci-fi anime series Cowboy Bebop, and the album’s cover art portrays HANA in a purple armored costume reminiscent of characters from classic mecha anime, such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Voltron, adding to the anime-esque vibe.

With this incredible body of work, HANA has evolved into the ultimate sci-fi anime space goddess. HANADRIEL is available now across all online and streaming platforms.

Stream HANADRIEL on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4BlLJn9RjIJ9WufqeufTCU?si=EOzn3duVTQywl816TvDEtw

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HANA as she appears in the press release photos for ‘HANADRIEL’.