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Van Mary’s newest single, “Hug” captures the essence of this lonely, isolated year. Produced by Walker Lukens, a fellow Austinite, the song’s dream pop arrangements add an interesting layer to what could’ve been a melancholic ballad. The catchy vocals, fuzzed out guitar, and shimmering synths end up feeling like a hopeful anthem. Although the idea of hugging our friends at a show seems so distant in the future, “Hug” offers a reminder that we all sometimes have to pretend that things are back to normal and that’s okay.

Listen if you like Angel Olsen, Amen Dunes, Courtney Barnett

Review by Sarah Ronan