Hana Vu‘s return is, at last, imminent. In fact, if you’ve been following closely, this is technically her debut album, as both her prior projects were presented as ‘double EPs’.
Public Storage is out November 5 via Ghostly International, and it promises to reach all new heights for the producer and singer-songwriter. Indeed, while she’s known as a ‘bedroom pop’ artist, that belies just how expansive the sound of the new LP is, boasting more layers and textures than her music ever has before.
Named for the strange bastions of safekeeping that are all too familiar to many Americans, it took on particular significance for Vu, as she lived next to one of these centers while crafting her new album. She began to see the musical process as similar, as she explains: “these public expressions of thoughts, feelings, baggage, experiences that accumulate every year and fill little units such as ‘albums.’“
Continuing on the themes of Public Storage, she says: “I am not religious, but when writing these songs I imagined a sort of desolate character crying out to an ultimately punitive force for something more.”
Having previously released the soaring existential question that is “Maker”, she’s now followed it up with “Everybody’s Birthday”, a track intended to poke “fun” at the absurdity and misery of our collective present existence. On the song, she says:
“It’s about the collective misery and depressive introspection one experiences on their birthday, which in this era of being alone, can feel infinite.”