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EP Review: "I Miss The Sky" - Hayden Everett



San Francisco, California native Hayden Everett has released his third EP, "I Miss The Sky". Hayden is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who takes pride in his love for nature and his free-spirited personality. Mixing genres of indie-pop, alternative, folk and even a little bit of jazz, you can feel Hayden's calm demeanor through his music. Inspired by his easy-going outlook on life, "I Miss The Sky" is a vibey project that'll have you taking deep breaths and letting go of all the stress you've been holding onto.


TRACKLIST

See You Soon

Coma

Seize The Sun

Jet Plane

7th Street

For Winter


Hayden Everett debuted his career in 2019 with his self-titled EP which helped him take off in the indie music world when it gained millions of streams. Hayden Everett loves nature, and has used his passion for music to help him make discoveries about himself. He even camped out at Glacier National Park in Montana a few years ago with just him and his guitar so that he could focus on creating sounds and songs straight from his heart and soul with no distractions to interfere. This was the time that Hayden wrote songs that would create the style and concept for what is now the "I Miss The Sky" EP. Let's dive into each track.


See You Soon


"See You Soon" is the lead single that was released 3 months ago in anticipation for "I Miss The Sky". The indie soundscape has a chill groove that sets the tone for what style the rest of the EP will be. There's a consistent beat mixed with both acoustic and electric guitar and a soft bass. Hayden's raw vocals shine through as he flips back and forth from chest voice to falsetto during the highly catchy hook. "See You Soon" is about when you let a meaningless fight with someone you love destroy your relationship, just to realize later how stupid the whole situation is. You just want to let it go, and get back to the way things were.




Coma


"Coma" was one of the tracks Hayden wrote outside of his Montana camping trip. This piano ballad is full of pure emotion. It's less than two minutes long, but the pain of it makes it feel longer. There's a jazzy essence to the chord progression, and a gospel feeling to the layered harmonies that come out in full swing. This is where the title of the EP comes in play, as the song opens up with the lyrics, "I miss the sky

It would talk to me when I was next to her". "Coma" is about wishing you could turn your brain and thoughts off, because the feeling of missing this person is just too unbearable.


“It’s about feeling like I was less in touch with my ability to see magic in the world.... She drew that magic out of me. I’m missing who I was with her.” - Hayden




Seize The Sun


"Seize The Sun" is a gorgeous track with stand-out acoustic guitar and banjo. It manages to keep Hayden's signature, laid-back feel while also incorporating elements of folk and a little bit of country as well. The song is about taking advantage of the fresh air and the sparkling sun whenever you're dealing with a tough situation. Sometimes all you need to do to see things more clearly is to go take a walk, clear your mind, and take some deep breaths. It's better to step away and really think about something before you take a conflict farther than it needs to go. The stomping chorus is sung in a chant-like manor that makes it easy to remember. This way, when you're in a situation like this, you'll be able to think back to these lyrics and remind yourself that it'll be okay.




Jet Plane


Although it's not considered the lead single, "Jet Plane" was the first song featured on this EP to be released to the world when it came out ten months ago. It has a prominent beat and a smooth instrumentation that glides and flows beautifully. "Jet Plane" is about having to leave someone you love behind, and hoping that they'll still be waiting for you whenever you get back. You might've made mistakes and have hurt them in the past, but there's nothing you're more sure of than the fact that they're the person you want in your life for all time.



7th Street


"7th Street" acts as an interlude, or break within the EP. The song last just over a minute, and is a gorgeous piano instrumental that perfectly leads into the next, and the last track, "For Winter". I recommend closing your eyes while listening to this with headphones on, as you prepare yourself for the closing song. It's an absolute stunning experience.




For Winter


"7th Street" perfectly leads into "For Winter", which continues on with the piano instrumental, same chord progression but with a faster tempo. I can confidently say this is the perfect track to close out the EP, and it is also the most raw and emotional song on this project. Just Hayden's heartbreaking vocals and his piano, "For Winter" is gut-wrenchingly tragic, sad, but beautiful all the same. It's about when you find a love that almost feels too good to be true. Instead of letting go and letting that person love you, you turn to pushing them away in fear of losing them. Written from personal experiences, Hayden's lyricism skills really shine through.




Hayden took his life experiences and interests, and managed to create a perfect sound for it. "I Miss The Sky" is full of sounds that feel natural, organic and raw. You can hear the fact that some of it was literally created outdoors. Listening to these tracks feel like laying in the grass, in the sun, with a warm fresh breeze blowing on your face. Hayden loves to live in the moment, and that's exactly what he inspires people to do with his music. These songs all come straight from his heart, flowing out of him just as easily as it is to exhale a breath. The relaxation that these soundscapes radiate will ease your mind, and it's perfect for a de-stressing playlist. If you loved "I Miss The Sky", make sure to check out Hayden's previous works as well.


Written By Kaitlyn Nicole


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