7/29/2016

Haley Bonar's Impossible Dream Streaming In Full At NPR First Listen

Haley Bonar's Impossible Dream Streaming In Full At NPR First Listen
New Album Out August 5 
Fall Tour Dates Announced 
photo credit: Graham Tolbert
"Impossible Dream, finds the underrated Minnesotan in top form, mixing darkness and light with a deft  touch." - NPR"Bonar’s voice and lyrics are as pure and potent as ever, and the constantly shifting guitar aesthetics — from a distorted jangle to swampy bass and back — make for a versatile but focused body of work. Listen." - Stereogum 
“Bonar creates a whimsical masterclass of indie-pop songwriting.” - Consequence Of Sound
"In the past 10 years, she naturally progressed from stripped-down folk and country music to incorporating various layers of sound ranging from classical piano to sunshine pop.” - Interview
"I love this ('I Can Change’)." - Sir Elton John, Rocket Hour on Beats 1
"My pick for album of of the year” - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
Stream: Impossible Dream via NPR First Listen
Watch: "Kismet Kill" official video via NPR First Watch
Haley Bonar will release her highly anticipated full-length album Impossible Dream on August 5th via GNDwire (US) / Spit Comet (CA) / Memphis Industries (UK + EU). The critically praised album is streaming in full a week ahead of its August 5th release date via NPR’s First ListenNPR's Stephen Thompson says, "Haley Bonar was only 18 when she released her first album back in 2001 — and 15 years later, her sharp and reflective songwriting dwells (appropriately enough) on her current place in that ceaseless coming-of-age process. The songs on Impossible Dream revolve around the ways we age into our identity, learn to live within our own skin, and try to look back only fleetingly, with as little regret as possible. "I was impossible when I was beautiful," she sings in "Kismet Kill," packing all the ambivalence she can into just seven words."

Impossible Dream has been rave reviews from influential publications such as MOJO, Q, Uncut, Bust, No Depression and more. The album is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition teal vinyl in Haley Bonar’s Online Store as well as digitally via iTunes. All iTunes pre-orders will include a free immediate download of “Kismet Kill,” “I Can Change” and “Stupid Face.” Impossible Dream follows up Haley Bonar's acclaimed release Last War and was recorded on analog tape in at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN and was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TVOTR) & Robbie Lackritz (Feist) at Haut Bruun.

Haley Bonar has also announced fall US and UK shows. The upcoming tour fall tour will make stop in major cites including Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston and more. Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks. 
Haley Bonar has spent a lot of the past few years poring over her past. That has something to do with the sound of her recent recordings, whether it be her recent solo efforts or the throwback funky punky grooves of her side project Gramma’s Boyfriend.


But on her latest album Impossible Dream, this glance in the rearview has also inspired some of the most poignant and pointed work of her long career as songwriter even if you have to dig a little to find Bonar within the tunes.


Impossible Dream then, like all of Bonar’s work, gains its power from a combination of the personal and universal. Even when she sings about her days hitting up basement punk shows on “Better Than Me” or kicks off this album with an ode to her formative years in the gently chiming “Hometown,” it will surely stir up memories from your own younger days.

And as with her prior albums, Bonar reveals a widescreen look at the world, touching on issues of sexuality, jealousy, and the fragile ties that bind relationships together. If they connect with your circumstance and the cultural conversation at large, that’s just a welcome coincidence.
“Those things have always been relevant to me,” Bonar says. “Those conversations have been happening my entire life.”

What is clear right now is the impact this album is looking to have on the world at large. Bonar has already received some excited press notices about the two singles from Impossible Dream that have already been released: “I Can Change” (“a resolute pillar of bold, classic songwriter,” according to The Line of Best Fit) and “Kismet Kill,” which Stereogum called “a penetrating rumination on just how transitory love and beauty can be.“). The biggest stamp of approval, though, has come from Elton John. The venerated singer/songwriter chose to play “I Can Change” on his Beats 1 show Rocket Man Radio. “Hearing Elton John say my song is beautiful is pretty awesome,” Bonar admits.

To say that Bonar’s career has been building towards that nod from a rock god, though, is to dismiss all the hard work she has done since she started releasing music in 2001. The 33-year-old singer/songwriter has been building a fanbase slowly and steadily, while remaining in complete control of her art. As with all of her prior albums, Bonar wrote and arranged all the songs onImpossible Dream. She also co-produced the record with Minneapolis mainstay Jacob Hanson. Chances are she’d be making this music even without the support of a label or her many fans around the world. But, just as the title of this new album suggests, she’s living out her wildest and most impossible dream right now.

“If somebody came to me as a teenager and said, ‘In 15 years, you’ll have made nine records and be touring the world,’ I would have been, like, ‘No way,’” she says, laughing. “It’s true that it might not look like a lot to some people, but it’s very special to me.”
Haley Bonar Tour Dates 
7.31 | Rochester, MN - Riverside Concert Series *
9.06 | Chicago, IL - Schubas 
9.07 | Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups 
9.08 | Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live 
9.09 | Portsmouth, NH - Birdseye 
9.10 | Portland, ME - SPACE 
9.11 | Cambridge, MA - The Middle East 
9.13 | Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory 
9.14 | Washington, DC - Black Cat
9.16 | Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
9.17 | Bloomington, IN - The Bishop 
9.24 | Eau Claire, WI - The State Theater 
10.13 | Hamburg, DE - Kleiner Donner
10.14 | Berlin, DE - Privatclub
10.15 | Munich, DE - Hauskonzerte.com
10.16 | Offenbach, DE - Hafen 2
10.17 | Amsterdam, DE  - Paradiso
10.19 | Paris, FR - Espace B
10.21 | Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
10.22 | Gateshead, UK - The Sage ^
10.23 | Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint
10.24 | Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
10.27 | London, UK - Moth Club
10.28 | Bristol, UK - The Louisiana
10.29 | Manchester, UK - The Ritz ^

^ w/ Field Music
* w/ Lucius 

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