Happy fall, friends,


As America faces a seminal election—its background, its context, and its repercussions on our future—we hope our October issue of the Indy can bring a little warmth into your life to prepare for what we are sure is to be a tough road ahead. In it, you’ll find glowing moments of levity—the 2020 update to a now-yearly tradition of satire about Sexy Halloween Costumes, a Suggests piece for Sylvan Esso’s rejuvenating electropop album Free Love, and a gorgeous art submission from Jane Cai of some sunflowers.


You’ll also find sobering, reflective tributes to the profound, world shakers that were Eddie Van Halen and Chadwick Boseman—artists that have left us too soon but undoubtedly have made an indelible mark. And in our Spotlight section, not one but two fascinating interviews: first, one with multimedia artist Olivia Cohen about her artistic process. Then, Gene Kim interviews up-and-coming R&B recording artist and producer HUNJIYA for our cover story, ruminating on the art/artist separation as well as her own artistic trajectory coming into the present moment. And there’s more—Sufjan Stevens! Gatekeeping in music! Dreaded parental anniversaries! Read on—we hope art can hold you as close these coming weeks as it has for us.


Yours, always,

Emma Cooney, Editor-in-Chief

Max Zhang, Managing Editor

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