A trio of talented ladies from the UK have banded together and call themselves Hayéli. They have an utterly fabulous new album out called Faraway which contains a fresh electronic sound full of attitude and soul. I hardly where to begin with what someone can expect. The music is cool in every sense of the word, from the tone to the mix of chillhop, folk, jazz and electro. The songs are bathed in fiery femininity and musical savvy. The album is only four tracks long but made a huge impression on me that has turned me into a proper Hayéli fan.
As I said, the songs are just plain cool. They all take a mellow, slinky tone that is subtle and addictive. What works in their favor is the combination of synthetic and organic sounds. There is also a healthy ratio of sampled and live played elements. Producer Leva Vaiti will go on legitimate hunts in her local area for organic sounds to harvest as samples. I really appreciated the choice for them to utilize live key performances.
There’s also a heavy presence of some beautiful violin that brings a sweet folkish surprise. One of the most versatile instruments is the vocals, which is beautiful and can be so many things and dips into so may genres. These ladies are also bold in their rhythmic decisions. Even the vocals can get in on the act of creating these lush percussive movements that give any listener a serious case of the mellow head bobs. The cherry on top of this treat is the lyrics which can be literal or very fantastical. Sometimes it feels like you’re getting a whimsical explanation of a daydream.
To my knowledge, the recording, mixing, mastering, the whole shebang was done by the artists, and I find this impressive. There was a lot of effort to give these four tracks just the right amount of cohesion while allowing each song to stand out on its own. I could tell the vocals in particular were given a special treatment because that voice is not buried at any point in any track, it’s always right out in front where it should be. It sounds like everyone had their input considered because the unique sound they have created comes from a serious dedication to blending perspectives.
I would say Faraway is definitely one of those gems hidden away in the vastness that is the music market now. I could not get enough of this album. I wanted to be mad that there were only four tracks, but I can’t. I got exactly what I needed from the songs given to me. It really is a cool little album with a lot of depth. I want to congratulate Hayéli on a successful album.
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