Gotye has described Hannah Acfield’s voice as “an expressive voice that engages you instantly”.
Now she, and her equally talented brother Dan, are taking breaks from their respective solo careers to focus on making music together. It's been a long time coming for Dan and Hannah, with a sibling collaboration having always being on the cards. “Because we're siblings and we've played music together for so long, when we collaborate it just seems normal. What we come up with together always seems really natural,” Dan says.
It may be natural now, but Dan says it wasn't always easy. When Hannah and he moved to Brisbane from Rockhampton to pursue their music education, they tried then to write songs together. However, Dan describes it as “a bit of a bad mix at the time. I was a dominant songwriter and Hannah wasn't afraid to tell me off.”
But since then, now living in different cities, they've recognised their collaborative talent by implementing a set of rules for when they write songs together, which brings out the best in them.
Not the first brother/ sister duo to write music together, they inevitably expect comparisons to the likes of Angus & Julia Stone. But Dan welcomes the comparisons, stating he simply “hopes people will like our music”.Dan & Hannah Acfield will be performing their new material as well as a few of their solo numbers with a few shows locally before heading south to perform in Melbourne.
“We both recognise that together, we tend to be better,” Dan says. And with that in mind, they’re set to release an EP in November with more extensive touring to follow. It appears this dynamic duo are the yin to each other's yang and the best is yet to come.
Dan & Hannah Acfield play The Loft, Gold Coast, July 20, Sol Bar, Coolum, July 21 and the Dowse Bar, July 22 .