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Haley Bonar

Impossible Dream

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The “impossible dream” of Haley Bonar’s new album is mentioned in a song about a relationship that falls apart. But it also refers to the impossible dream of outrunning the past, a notion threaded through her songs.

“Hometown” finds the Canada-born, Minnesota-based singer-songwriter addressing the spell cast by one’s roots in a reverb-treated, dreamlike voice. “I Can Change” is about wanting fruitlessly to break free of past patterns of behaviour.

Changeability is rationed musically too, with songs tending to settle into a warm indie-rock thrum. The quality of Bonar’s lyrics elevates them, bittersweet verses about ageing, like the defiant tequila-drinking mother glimpsed in the first line of “Kismet Kill”: “I lick the salt and toss my hair . . .”

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