“It’s not every day we’re offered a fresh cover of a classic from a vital new voice. Rejoice!” – The 405
“Fleetwood Mac is one of the most sacred artists of all time, but Hana Vu does the rock band justice on her cover of their 1982 hit ‘Gypsy’.”- Highsnobiety
Praise for Hana Vu’s How Many Times Have You Driven By
“How Many Times is an intriguing glimpse of an artist at the beginning of a skillfully carved path” – Pitchfork
“For a genius, Hana Vu is sure young. The 18-year-old’s debut EP, How Many Times Have You Driven By, is an incredibly self-assured, individual collection.” – Under The Radar (8/10)
“Hana Vu’s ‘Shallow’ proves the seventeen-year-old is cooler than you and me.” – FADER
“a keen-eyed lyricist and a vocalist capable of bringing singer-songwriter vulnerability to bristling post-punk soundscapes…she’s poised to be an essential voice in this new era of indie rock for years to come.” – Pigeons & Planes (Best New Artists of 2018 So Far)
“Threaded through the entire project is Vu’s remarkable knack for melody; armed with a dazzlingly confident voice, these songs are all clearly hers, even if they explore radically different musical territory.” – Bandcamp (Album of the Day)
“homemade indie pop…The songwriting and melodies are easy to imagine as more polished productions, but they’re great just as they are” – Complex (Best New Artists of April 2018)
“With the same spark that powered early Alvvays work and the nifty guitar work of St. Vincent, the 17-year-old is crafting something truly unique.” – NME
Eighteen year-old Los Angeles-based artist Hana Vu released her EP How Many Times Have You Driven By through Melbourne’s Barely Dressed Records back in June this year. It was a unique and compelling collection of pop-unfused indie-chill which marked her as an artist to watch.
In a somewhat unexpected turn Hana Vu has shared a follow-up, a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic ‘Gypsy.’ Vu’s take on the Fleetwood Mac classic replaces the soft-rock radio sheen of the original with percussion heavy electronic grooves and synth tremolos – transporting Nicks and Buckingham’s timeless tune to the 21st century dance-floor.
When asked why she chose this song to cover, Vu’s response was typically obtuse, explaining why the song was a bold choice but not why she did it herself. “Gypsy’ is the height of vocal, instrumental, and lyrical intricacy… It is almost forbidden to cover such a monumental track.”
Hana Vu clamoured for creative outlets from an early age – she formed musical projects and played shows, though without fully clicking with her teen peers in the local D.I.Y. brat-pack. “I wouldn’t call myself a curmudgeon, but I found it hard to be friends with other young people. Instead, I found two or three key homies, then just did my own thing— socially and in my music.” This partly explains the ambition and ambiance of her first official release. Written and produced by Hana herself, and mastered by Clay Jones(Modest Mouse, Sunflower Bean) the EP masters the defining balance of bedroom pop: it’s warm, sparse, and whisper-intimate.