Haley Bonar

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Haley Bonar

by Barnaby Smith | December 15th, 2016 10:06:AM EST

Discovered by Low's Alan Sparhawk in 2001, Haley Bonar's career now spans seven albums of quite uncategorisable pop. Impossible Dream sways between a dreaminess resulting from her reverb-heavy vocals and the immediacy of her melodies, and an underbelly of punk/noise with rough guitars, befitting lyrics that vent personal frustration and lambast suburbia. At moments she's reminiscent of early St Vincent, while a certain vulnerability in Bonar's singing hints at Cat Power on "Better Than Me". While the catchiness is among the chief attractions, some more complex songwriting turns may have added a further dimension, but it's hard not to be charmed by such wit and self-awareness.

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