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Shelvis909

Evolving Revolver

Haley's music continues to evolve while maintaing her folk/indie roots. No easy feat. She cannot be caged or pegged to any one musical genre. Her band and voice have never sounded better. The fact that this album isn't number one on any chart is a source of amazement for me. Then again, Trump has the potential to become our next President, ousting the likes of Barack Obama. Proof that there are A LOT of people out there who just don't get it. But I digress. Go, Haley, go!

C. Nestor

Hometown goes wherever you go

Holy crap, what a great album (and it isn't her first). Get on board, kids, Haley Bonar is the real deal -- one of the shining lights of modern music. She transitions effortlessly from delicate and light to heavy and dark, and it all just works.

My sonic crush keeps growing.

About Haley Bonar

Born near Winnipeg, raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and later based in St. Paul, Minnesota, singer/songwriter Haley Bonar is in the same musical orbit of the dreamy Minnesotans Low. (Her debut album, The Size of Planets, was even released on Low leader Alan Sparhawk's own label, Chairkicker's Union.) However, her sparse take on folk-rock displays little of Low's narcotic gloom, and more pertinent comparisons include Mazzy Star, Shannon Wright, and Elliott Smith. Accompanying herself alternately on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or various keyboards, Bonar delivers her minor-key tunes and elliptical lyrics in a haunting, delicate voice at times reminiscent of both Aimee Mann and Gillian Welch.

Bonar moved from South Dakota to the Twin Cities to attend college as an English literature major, but when Sparhawk met the young singer/songwriter at a showcase for young talent, he offered her a spot opening for Low on an upcoming tour. Barely out of her teens, Bonar left school and began working with Sparhawk (who provided some additional guitar loops) and Low producer Eric Swanson on her debut album, The Size of Planets, which was released in 2003. An even more accomplished follow-up, Lure the Fox, followed in late 2006, and Bonar subsequently toured alongside fellow musician Andrew Bird; she also contributed vocals to Bird's 2007 effort Armchair Apocrypha. She released her third album, 2008's Big Star, at the age of 24, followed by a pair of self-released EPs. Golder arrived in 2011, after which she also began fronting Gramma's Boyfriend, a band with guitarist/keyboardists Jacob Hanson and Jeremy Ylvisaker, bassist Mark Erickson, and drummer Luke Anderson. Her fifth solo long-player, Last War, appeared in early 2014, and 2016's Impossible Dream continued in the vein of that album's more muscular, indie rock sound. ~ Stewart Mason

HOMETOWN
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
BORN
April 22, 1983

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