Best of bands 2015: Stefana Fratila

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      Politically charged artist Stefana Fratila has been making beautifully rare music in Vancouver for years. But her latest record, Efemera, is Fratila’s first output as a solo electronic producer. Listening to Efemera’s hypnotizing swirls of synths, beats, and melodies, you would never know that the sylphlike songbird is new to the electronic realm. Fratila’s eclectic spirit is integral to her songwriting prowess.

      Best local release other than yours: “There are so many, but my favourite is Mourning Coup’s Baby Blue. Each song is so powerful and beautiful in its own way. I’ll never forget a very special moment on tour this summer. I woke up listening to the song ‘Somnium’ right as my plane landed in my hometown, Sibiu, in Romania.”

      The year’s best gig: “Jenny Hval at the Cobalt with Briana Marela and Mu [on August 28]. So much presence. I also really enjoyed dancing to Moon B’s set when he came through. It’s pretty cool that he’s an L.A. dad who also keeps the freaks on the floor.”

      Best album ever: “ESG’s Come Away With ESG. They are a group of beautiful and badass South Bronx women who made the funkiest and most minimalist postpunk record ever. Every hip-hop artist you can think of has sampled them. It’s an album I keep going back to year after year. It’s such inspiring and empowering music.”

      Francesco Aquilini’s paying—Where’s dinner?Sweet Revenge Patisserie [4160 Main Street]. There’s this one really weird waiter there, and who could say no to liqueur in their tea? I guess it’s not where you would have dinner per se, but Francesco would be putting his money towards a truly memorable dessert feast—the kind where everyone spills out their darkest secrets and yet makes no regrettable decisions.”

      In the spirit of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You”, who do you really, really like? “I’m no longer in high school, so I can’t say Dan Bejar with the same kind of inappropriate conviction. Tom Whalen of New Vaders is the city’s new up-and-coming crooner. Everyone loves him, because he’s the best!”

      You won Lotto Max. Where’s your club opening up? “I would open one called True Love at Prospect Point [5601 Stanley Park Drive] and it would be open all night long!”