HEYZ comes into his own with ‘Darkest Little Friend’
Over the course of the past year and a half, mau5trap‘s HEYZ has put forth an enticing array of tunes — from his originals like the powerful “Nice” to his “Schedule” series. He’s made a name for himself through an ominous techno theme, but now he’s looking to switch things up a bit.
“After reflecting on my first year of HEYZ, I wanted to step in a new direction with my sound and really put forth records that utilize my full capabilities as a musician, songwriter, and producer,” the North Carolina producer says of his new release. “I grew up with a natural ability to play instruments without training and write poetry at a high level. It was refreshing to step away from a ‘pure techno’ sound, pick up my guitar, and write lyrics to create ‘Darkest Little Friend’ — a record I’m really proud of.”
HEYZ has released “Darkest Little Friend” independently, tapping the talents of regular collaborator darkDARK to craft a tune that evokes nostalgia through its downtempo beat and synthwave elements. Many of the shadowy ingredients fans have come to know and love from the producer are still folded into “Darkest Little Friend,” but they’re tucked cleverly behind Chris James’ alluring vocals, which take center stage in this song.