Hazey Eyes, the EDM sensation blowing up the American underground right now, releases one of the most visually and audiologically stirring tracks of 2018 in his new song “Scars,” which features the bold vocals Yoke Lore and a rhythm that is guaranteed to electrify you to your core. Hazey Eyes isn’t your typical electronic artist, and Yoke Lore is hardly your typical vocalist, and their collaboration on this project is nothing short of magical as the two bring their conflicting styles to the table in an epic battle of the titans to which we the listeners walk away with all of the rendered spoils. I’m usually more critical of music video adaptations of songs, but in this case the imagery stands up to the lyrics to make for an intensely connective listening experience.
Videos, even on the indie level, have become a much more elaborate form of expression than they were when they first started dotting our cable television screens back in the 1980s. Thanks to the advent of technology, artists in almost every corner of the world regardless of economic status or creative direction have access to a plethora of professional recording tools that allow them to be more artistic with their videos than ever before. Hazey Eyes clearly took advantage of everything at his disposal; from the acting to the production value of the video itself, “Scars” lives up to the high standards demanded by today’s most discriminating music consumers and even touches on undisturbed aesthetical ground yet to be exploited by the commercial establishment.
The emotional subject matter of “Scars” is overwhelmingly relatable to anyone who has ever been in love. We spend half of this life searching for each other and the other half trying to stay together, and along the way our hearts, minds and bodies accrue all of the damage that comes with putting ourselves out there and being vulnerable. But like a beat generation poet, Yoke Lore delicately describes the immense bloodletting of finding ourselves with the precision of a skilled surgeon, and where there once were enough tears to fill a small body of water we find a sea of vocal harmonies there to catch us when we fall and ensure that we’ll survive to see another day in this love starved life.
Electronic dance music has found a new champion in Hazey Eyes, and he’s definitely becoming one of the more intriguing artists of any genre to watch entering the 2020s. There’s so much more to his craft than just generating beats to keep the nightclub scene alive; he lays real emotions on us with the weight of a mountain range and the warmth of a new day’s sun. There’s something to be said about an artist in the 21st century who is so adept at transcending the black and white grind of his genre to create something that is universally palatable to almost anyone with an ear for music. I’m excited to see his journey unfold, and hopefully it will include even more collaborations of this stellar magnitude.