From my nascent time directly observing the local indie scene, April Hernandez is one of its quiet yet most effective workers. While she does a bunch of things for other artists, you more likely know her as TheSunManager, whose music bursts with an effortless optimism. On Friday she will release her first full-length debut, Worth, and we’ve taken the chance to ask her about the five songs she can’t live without. Her selections have actually surprised us – and it’s a good thing, we must add.
At the risk of sounding dismissive, there’s an easy reason to like Bon Iver. His first two albums illustrate just that: simple guitar harmonies, a delivery that can do both sing-along and leave-me-alone, perhaps Justin Vernon encapsulating all that’s good and bad about the so-called hipster lifestyle, and what makes it appealing to a particular subset. (I told you, I risk sounding dismissive.) But then there’s always been a sense of unease with his songs – even “Skinny Love” has that streak running underneath its joyful exterior. 22, A Million may sound like him rejecting everything he established – the so-called “weird record” even fans will be split by – but, really, Justin just got some new toys and fleshed that side out. Anybody who’s heard of his recent collaborations with the likes of Poliça, Kanye West and James Blake will recognize that this is just a natural progression – although the song titles suggest a bit of trolling, too. Yet, in different clothing, Bon Iver’s undercurrent of uncertainty continue to flow. It’s not as much their experimental record as it is their rawest one. [NB] | 4/5
Here we go again: the earthings! Fantasy Festival is back, with five stages of live performances that’s all just happening in our heads. Today, friend of the blog Allene Allanigue plays with a psychological metaphor with her five acts.