Hayden Everett Gets Lost In The Haze On "Who Are You"
In just a few weeks, San Francisco singer-songwriter Hayden Everett will release his debut EP. Until the day that we’ll inevitably be knocked to the ground by his breakthrough talent, Hayden’s got a few singles to satiate us, including “Who Are You.”
When we asked Hayden to tell us about the track, he said that “Who Are You” “expresses doubt and questions surrounding identity and the power of love. The song contrasts hypocrisy with authenticity,” an intriguing take on duality from an artist whose words mean as much to him as his music.
“Who Are You” is a hazy alt-pop effort, softened by billowing clouds of subtle electronic buzzes. Hayden’s voice has a note of sweetness to it — no gritty croon or powerhouse pipes, just a really light delivery dipping into falsetto. As he sings of an identity crisis, a throbbing alt-pop soundscape blooms. The song is heaviest at its points of slapping percussion and its gentlest during those quiet moments of fade-out strums and buzzy comedowns, so it’s not entirely an in-your-face track, though there are a few instances in which percussive pulses smack out a steady urgency. For the most part, “Who Are You” floats in an ethereal fog.
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