Our Introducing… series digs out new, undiscovered musical talents that deserve to be heard, delivering them directly into your ears. This round, we speak with Haley Bonar about her new album Impossible Dream, David Lynch and
Name: Haley Bonar
Hailing from: St. Paul, Minnesota
Genre: Alt-pop & shoegaze
21 October – Brighton, Green Door Store
22 October – Gateshead, The Sage (with Field Music)
23 October – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
24 October – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
27 October – London, Moth Club
28 October – Bristol, The Louisiana
29 October – Manchester, The Ritz (with Field Music)
Your new album Impossible Dream tells us different stories. Is this a way for you to share memories and emotions?
I suppose that is the purpose of anything that anyone creates, as art is a vehicle for our interpretations and reflections on life and the world around us.
I think “Better Than Me” was the first song I wrote for this album, which was over 2 years ago. The songs took on a different structure and character, and that song almost got cut from the record… but I think it fits in nicely and the lyrics helped to shape the songs that came afterward.
I do like his work, yes. Films and television tend to inspire my work more than I’d like to admit. I was immersed in Twin Peaks when I wrote my album Golder in 2010, which definitely influenced some of the songs on that, and perhaps some production elements on Last War as well. Honestly my favourite thing Lynch ever did was The Straight Story, which was like Trent Reznor writing a Megan Trainor song. 😉
Though my parents were pretty young when they had me, and I also knew girls who had kids in high school, the song is not based on anyone specifically but more or less the idea of the difficulty of raising a child while still being one yourself – of making sacrifices and looking back at one’s life with a lens of nostalgic softness on their recklessness of the past. It also touches on the idea in our culture that women are no longer considered beautiful or valuable past a certain age.
Which album can’t you stop listening to at the moment?
BEYONCE LEMONADE. I can’t. stop.
Artist: Haley Bonar