HA­LEY BONAR

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Im­pos­si­ble Dream ★★★★ Mem­phis In­dus­tries

They say that God loves a trier, and hav­ing re­leased up to 15 records since 2001 you can’t deny that Man­i­toba-born Ha­ley Bonar isn’t try­ing. It takes some time, of course, to get things right, and over the past few years Bonar has really de­vel­oped as a song­writer. Based in Minnesota (and for a while in Du­luth, home to Low, whose Alan Sparhawk has as­sisted her pro­gres­sion from in­genue per­former to es­tab­lished artist), and buoyed by the wide­spread crit­i­cal ac­claim for 2014’s Last War al­bum, Bonar’s Im­pos­si­ble Dream takes things up a notch with a bolder ap­proach. The re­sult is a taut col­lec­tion of scuzzy al­ter­na­tive pop/rock that tugs its fore­lock to the charm­ing odd­ness of Twin Peaks, the rigours of post­punk, and the res­o­nance of 1960s pop. ha­ley­bonar.com

Buoyed by the wide­spread crit­i­cal ac­claim for 2014’s Last War al­bum, Bonar’s Im­pos­si­ble Dream takes things up a notch with a bolder ap­proach

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