including multi-instrumentalist MICAH NELSON, fiddler NIKITA SOROKIN, and guitarist MILO GONZALEZ. Produced by Harlan Steinberger at Hen House Studios in Venice Beach, which also doubled as the record label, the new album pushes and pulls between cleverly arranged orchestration and the DIY aesthetic that remains as Sunny’s throwback to her punk roots. For an artist with so many different influences, the album is remarkably cohesive, choosing to focus on Sunny’s songwriting and intricate guitar work. As an artist, Sunny borrows ideas and patterns at will from across the canon of American music. Her influences range from Elliott Smith, Black Flag, Joan Armatrading, and Tracy Chapman, to Robert Johnson “To Love You” is her homage to Johnson’s “They’re Red Hot”, Elmore James, and Bessie Smith. “I feel like I am a blues guitarist, but I don’t think I’m a blues artist,” Sunny explains. “I only use the scales and techniques that I know and the only time I was trained in music was on blues guitar. I really love Elizabeth Cotton and Mississippi John Hurt. I still like to listen to them to feel that there’s nothing wrong with me playing the way I play.” So much of what Sunny War does on her new album, With the Sun, is based on creating a new sounds from existing patterns. That’s why it’s difficult for her or the listener to pin down the influences behind each song. She’ll refer to some songs as bluesy, to others as mountain music, to some as punk, when they all sound like one thing: Sunny War. She’s a singular artist, driven by her own vision and compelled to write what she knows first. As she sings on the album, “It’s my life, gotta live it.” And this is her music.