Crying on the subways with a young artist bored of her town
Every morning when Los Angeles-based artist Hana Vu wakes up, she listens to ‘Promiscuous’ by Nelly Furtado. Pop music, particularly the top 40s of the early 2000s, is Hana’s go to playlist first thing. It makes her feel good and sets her up for the day.
In the afternoon, or maybe when she’s writing, she’ll switch to artists that are more familiar with her songwriting style, St Vincent, Porches or Japanese Breakfast, for instance. Hana is still growing her musical tastes and, in turn, has created a hybrid of genres in her own music. Rhythmic drumming and repetitive jangling guitars sit behind her pop bravo voice that could easily nestle within the commercial and alternative music charts. Both come together on her second EP, and her first on Fat Possum’s new imprint, Luminelle.
The refreshingly honest way Hana lists her music tastes, (Natasha Beddingfield and Michael Bublé are both what she’s been playing when we speak), could partly be down to her age. Hana is currently 17, this is the music she grew up with, noting the brilliance of both Destiny’s Child’s songwriting and Lana Del Rey records as influences. In many ways, stars like Taylor Swift – “a genius” who she recently based her college entry essay on – are also her contemporaries, picked up by record labels at a young age just as she has been.