There's nothing like the torment of young adult self-consciousness. Can you still remember the taste of copper on your tongue when you saw your first ex with somebody new? Or the pinch in your stomach when you moved away from home, caught your parents' faces in the rearview mirror? The text that took three hours to write, days to languish in your drafts, a second to send, and weeks to regret? That was the time of life when every emotion was magnified to its highest intensity, every action scrutinized until it was threadbare. The constant tug of war between unearned pride and undeserved embarrassment, carefully contained under an easily penetrable veil of nonchalance—that's the shaky ground that Hana Vu briefly stills on Public Storage .
The path to indie eminence seems to follow a pattern. It begins with self-produced bedroom bops. Then comes the buzz--the undercurrent Spotify playlists, the 1 p.m. festival slots. And then the indie labels clamor for the awaited debut. It happened to Car Seat Headrest, it happened to Jay Som, and ….
Hana Vu has had a brimming career, and she's still only at the beginning of it. The 21-year-old Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has toured and opened for artists such as Soccer Mommy, Wet and Kilo Kish, collaborated with Willow Smith on the 2018 song "Queen of High School" and has been steadily self-releasing a sizeable discography, including the EPs How Many Times Have You Driven By (2018) and Nicole Kidman / Anne Hathaway (2019). Her DIY bedroom pop rock ranges from danceable synths to delicate, instrumental folk arrangements, where she often dissects the age-old themes of existentialism, failure and the fear of getting older, all of which are ever-present and fully fleshed out on Public Storage.
When Hana Vu started releasing music, she was a high schooler straining a muddle of teenage emotions into slick, sparse electropop. She wrung her angst and ache through simple, glum images: crying on the subway, staring blankly at the ocean. In 2019, she expanded her blasé bedroom pop into a conceptual dual EP about Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway.