Hanna Tuulikki talks about Two Wings
The group is a collaboration between the singer and co-songwriter Ben Renolds
Hanna Tuulikki is musing on deficiencies in the human form. ‘I’d much rather have a syrinx [bird’s vocal organ] and wings than a larynx and arms,’ reflects the singer-songwriter, visual artist and multi-instrumentalist. ‘Birds are masters of the two things that I admire – and long for – most: to sing and to fly. I’ve managed something akin to the first of those …’
Two Wings sees Tuulikki take flight in joyous, glittering folk-rock style, alongside co-songwriter, guitarist and singer Ben Reynolds (who’s worked in the past with Trembling Bells, Baby Dee and improv explorers Ashtray Navigations), backed by Lucy Duncombe, Kenneth Wilson and Owen Curtis Williams. Their lavish, vintage debut, Love’s Spring, is out in April. ‘It grows out of Anglo-American traditions of folk, soul, gospel, country, rockabilly, pop and a shared passion for the craft of composing and arranging songs,’ offers Tuulikki.
Reynolds further identifies ‘Ray Davies, Tom Verlaine, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Springsteen, old soul, Fleetwood Mac, Richard Thompson and Peter Green’ as touchstones.
When Reynolds released a solo album called Two Wings in 2008, did he have any sense its title would assume such a lively, communal life of its own? ‘I had no idea at all,’ he says. ‘At that time I was most concerned with developing my steel string finger-style skills – something I have since entirely abandoned for the far more satisfying craft of playing electric guitar solos …’
Two Wings play Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow, Sun 8 Apr. Love’s Spring is out on Mon 30 Apr via Tin Angel.