On the cusp of her debut album release, musician Hana Vu shares one last sneak peak of her upcoming work with the drop of her single “Gutter.” Heavy, raw and angsty, “Gutter” is an emotionally draining tune (in a good way) and is reminiscent of great grunge and alternative music from the 90s. Inspired by a series of YouTube videos Vu used to watch about existentialism and the mundane, “Gutter” is an intense and palpable shout into a pitch black night.
“I used to watch these YouTube videos called Tales of Mere Existence by Levni Yilmaz when I was in middle school and then rediscovered them while writing this record,” notes Vu. “I actually wrote him a letter when I was 12 … this song is based on one of his shorts.”
Vu’s debut album, Public Storage, drops Nov. 5 via Ghostly International and was co-produced by Jackson Phillips. Vu has shared four singles off Public Storage, including “Gutter,” giving us a wide peak into the songwriting prowess and keen instrumental composition as well as the depth and variety of sound within her album. Writing music that is meant to draw in the listener, she revels in engaging deeply with people rather than opting to make music that is easy to listen to, but passively understood.
Hana Vu will celebrate the release of Public Storage with a live performance at Chicago’s Tomorrow Never Knows Festival on Wednesday, January 19th at Schubas Tavern. Stay tuned for more tour dates!
Words: Patti Sanchez