Halsey is my biggest girl crush. I’ve been hugely excited for her music ever since she released her single Ghost last August. In the space of a year she’s been working on her music, signed with Astralwerks (Bat for Lashes, Laura Marling & Swedish House Mafia) and embarked on a North American tour supporting her label mates, The Kooks.
Halsey’s debut EP, Room 93, will be visual, with four of the five songs being accompanied by a video. The songs on the EP, including Ghost, are inspired by the artist’s – real name Ashley Frangipane – time spent in hotel rooms, telling Billboard that ‘hotel rooms are like a prop – that allow liberating and private moments as well as romantic relationships.’ All of the videos for the EP, out today, place a focus on a group of people in hotel rooms, with the video for her latest single Hurricane, following a group of teenagers, whom the musician recruited in a skate park no less. The EP will be as gritty and raw visually as it will be in terms of sound and lyrics. Halsey herself has stated that she won’t appear in any video other than Ghost. Whilst she has a massive following on social media, it is often her (cute as heck) looks, and change in hairstyles that get noticed as oppose to her sound.
‘Hurricane’ first aired exclusively on Vogue.com, building the buzz around this newly turned 20 year old New Yorker. The song is a fresh take on alternative pop, with Halsey’s haunting vocals as hypnotising as they were in her track Ghost. Whilst the sound has a darker tone, drifting from the electronic Chvrches vibe of her previous single, it’s still as captivating, and introduces Halsey as 2015’s biggest one to watch, in my opinion, given her plans for a debut album.
What is striking about Halsey is her ability to shape shift sound. Whilst her studio songs are alive with beats and bass, she has the ability to capture an audience with her acoustic performances, making me wholeheartedly excited to see how her live shows work, in a way that she hopes will ‘capture a crowd of 30,000 but also connect to people in a bar.’
Check out the video for Hurricane below and let us know what you think of Halsey, if you live in the United States you can purchase the EP Room 93 on iTunes, or alternatively you can stream it for free on Spotify if you live outside the US.
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