Real Numbers (Eli Hansen)
1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2020? (In order 1-5)
- Cutworms - Nobody Lives Here Anymore
- Iceblink - Carpet Cocoon
- Smokescreens - A Strange Dream
- Choux - Super Moon
- Aaron M Olson - Lorrie Goulet:Spirit Into Stone
2. What band did you discover in 2020 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
Roobarb, which isn't actually a band but rather some uncredited studio musicians who made music related to a British cartoon about a green dog named Roobarb and his pink cat nemesis Custard. But "Roobarb's A Star" is one of the most spectacular pop songs ever written, no lie.
3. How will you remember 2020? (In terms of music)
2020 is the year of the new Real Numbers EP: Brighter Then. It will be released in Jan. but we finished it up in March and spent all of 2020 getting everything just right. Very proud of this record: the songs, the performances, the production. I've heard it a 100 times but it still gives me chills.
4. What can we look forward to from you in 2021?
I've got a bunch of new songs completed but no way to record them or perform them with a full band, so expect some stripped down guitar/keyboard/drum machine music coming your way in 2021.
5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2021?
Oh, wow, I have no idea. It's been hard this year keeping up with music due to there being zero shows. So here's to hoping people can still safely create music at all in 2021.
6. Trying to put a positive spin on things, what is your favorite development from the global pandemic this year? (Is there a new medium you enjoy, a specific song or collaboration, personal news, etc. that was a bright spot?)
I have two very positive answers for you: 1) I got really into rum and 2) we adopted a guinea pig. Both great things when you are home.