Haley Bonar is bringing her new album, ‘Impossible Dream’, to the UK.
The singer-songwriter from Minnesota kicks off her tour in Brighton on 21 October and reaches London’s Moth Club on the 27th.
Tickets are available now.
“Some of the songs are about growing up in the Black Hills. Some of the songs are about my parents. Some of the songs are about homosexuality. Some of the songs are about loss of youth, teenage parenthood, the lines of social disorder for women, or the terror of jealousy and suspicion,” says Bonar of her follow-up to 2014’s ‘Last War’.
“But what I write is borne of my own set of memories and ideas, and once they are released into the world, they do not belong to me anymore.”
The song ‘Called you Queen’, for example, is “at once an anthem for growing-up gay in a small Midwestern town and a love story about a woman in love with a man who’s going through just that. Standing by him through painful times, she makes peace with the form of love that they can have together.”
‘I Can Change’, in turn, deals with “addiction, sexuality and coming to terms with the true form of the self by questioning the existence of one’s shame”, while ‘Skynz’ focuses on “setting yourself apart and recognising your own humanity through the lens of historical and cultural flaws, oppression and bullying”.
Recorded on analogue tape and produced by Bonar and Jacob Hansen, sonically ‘Impossible Dream’ is just as diverse, having drawn comparisons to ‘Porcupine’-era Echo and the Bunnymen, Angelo Badalamenti’s ‘Twin Peaks’ soundtrack, and Mazzy Star.
Bonar’s big break came a decade ago when Low’s Alan Sparhawk spotted the then 19-year-old college student performing at an open mic club in Duluth, Minnesota and invited her to join the band on tour. Since then she’s released a series of increasingly acclaimed albums including ‘Big Star’ and ‘Golder’.