Juliana Hatfield is responding to last year’s presidential election the best way she knows how: with an album full of new songs and a couple of live dates. “Impossible Song” is the first we’re hearing from Pussycat, a hopeful story of finding common ground and being kind to each other despite a difference in beliefs.
The positive spin of “Impossible Song” is only one facet of Hatfield’s reaction to the election, though. According to a press release, it’s joined on Pussycat by songs of defiance, anger, and disgust. About the importance of balancing the raw emotions with some hope and reflection, she tells PopMatters:
“The USA is so incredibly divided right now. It seems like an unsolvable problem like it’s impossible for any of us to understand the other side’s point of view. It takes a real effort to be civil, and it’s almost easier just to fight and hate each other. But we will all probably, at some point, someday, find ourselves depending on the kindness of strangers and I would hope that if some guy whose politics I hate keels over in the middle of the street in front of me, I’d rush to help pull him to safety before he gets run over. And if a guy who doesn’t believe what I believe walks by a burning building and sees me trapped inside, I hope he’ll try to rescue me. We’re all human, bad and good. I don’t have any answers. All I have is music.”
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