Sometimes you just need some time to keep your head in the clouds. Groovy and melancholy, dreamy and sharp, “sonic96” is distinctly European; top tier indie pop that has many attributes reminiscent of the genre’s greats like Gorillaz, Foster the People, or Metric. And in 2021, a time when dreamy alt pop has been beaten into banality, it’s a gloriously refreshing reminder of just how great it is when a true artist does it the right way.
“I was born romantic and I can’t help it with sad, melancholic songs. That’s my shit.” explains Giulia Fontana alias HÅN, a 22-year-old synth-pop artist hailing from a small town near Lake Garda in Northern Italy, enchants us with her latest release. The sound of It´s better when I sleep soothes and feels like taking a deep breath in our restless times.