Italian artist HÅN admits that being comfortable with being different is no mean feat. We’re often ‘corrected’ to act and fit certain way and if we go full-on maverick with it, there’s plenty of resistance that comes in our way. HÅN’s latest single “Sonic96” delineates such struggle and transport us into the artist’s own fantasy haven where she takes refuge in those situations. With its bouncy ethereal layers, “Sonic96” showcases an exquisite blend of dreamy textures with introspective undertones:
On the track, HÅN explained:
“Most people I know say that I have my head in the clouds. ‘Sonic96’ (my year of birth is 1996) is a fantasy world where I take refuge, while the people around me remind me of reality. The track is about this, about how childish that is, and how I know that I’ll have to get out of it sooner or later. Living in this fantasy gives rise to communication problems between myself and others (I like it best when you don’t talk) which lead me to have to change (I changed my mouth) to adapt, but in this attempt I end up doing things the wrong way (cut my hair too short, drive a car the wrong way). Then there is this person (the clown on the artwork) who represents the threat of reality, and who hides matches under his jacket to wake me up from this fake safe place. I like to communicate the meaning of the song also through the production’s details: for example, the filter and the synth at certain points of the song mean that I’m underwater, or some hidden references (a Furby sample and the title of the track which recalls Sonic the Hedgehog) allude to the 90s, the decade in which I was born. This is the first track of the album I am releasing because it represents a sort of awakening, the turning point. I think I realized so many things during this year and so many things have changed in such a small amount of time. As always, I used my writing as a diary, or as a therapist, so the thoughts are sometimes scattered and confusing and based on random images, but then if you put everything together, you actually realize that they are expressing a precise feeling. I’m not a storyteller, but I want to communicate something I feel, and feelings are inaccurate, hard to define, and have blurred edges.”
HÅN is currently working on her yet-untitled album, which will be out early next year via Sony Music.