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      March 23, 2019

      Saturday   7:30 PM

      217 East Houston Street
      New York, New York 10002

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      Hazey Eyes

      with Huck, Ndeh
      His soul comes alive on the dancefloor. Ascribed as emotional dance music, Hazey Eyes callsupon the throbbing heartache of the early 00s alt-rock epoch while splicing it with shimmeringindie and electronica aesthetics. He pulls on those strings once again for his upcoming EP,Scars, an effervescent elixir of gluey hip-hop and mood-based pop-art. Only 22 years old,mastermind Thomas Michel has cultivated 63 million streams on Spotify alone, so, its nosurprise hes landed touring gigs with Shallou and Petit Biscuit.The new project is Michel at his most vulnerable. Opener Scars, featuring Yoke Lore, sees himreveling in the past and its lasting imprint on his skin. I will always fall hard echoes one of hismost candid lyrics, paired with a glittering, erratic beat to calm his nerves. Hungover You,alongside Moli, buzzes the fingertips but swerves more freely between somber lo-fi whispersand the feverish club-rave weve come to bask in. The Dresage-featuring Living Wild washesover the listener in cool drip-drops, while Stuck in Ya Game with Appleby explodes like confettion the eardrums.What is most impressive is Michels fearlessness in the studio. Hes a craftsmen of the highestorder, and even as his life is on the edge of glory, he remains grounded and honest withhimself. The Scars EP reflects his continuing journey into the next stage of his life. This EP isabout changes. Personally, I'm about to finish college and move to a new city for music which isa wild concept that I'm still coming to terms with, he says. This project is about how I got hereand where I hope to go. I've learned to do only what actually makes me happy and not whatpeople expect of me.Roots firmly planted in the Philadelphia suburbs, Michel draws upon a vast musical heritage. Hisfather is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, clarinet, piano), who was oncerated among the top five players in the entire state, and Michel studied piano, violin and uprightbass at an early age. Michel later picked up guitar in middle school and began writing his firstsongs, intimate confessions about his youth that served to lay a sturdy storytelling foundation.He also played around with a looper pedal to flex his skills and a burgeoning soundscape. I hadgotten one of those looper pedals and started writing loops to play over. I remember I wouldonly be able to store a certain amount of loops on the pedal, and each loop was a song, hesays with a smirk.Later, he turned to metal and punk music in high school and was notably struck by the musicand irresistible charm of Blink 182 and Taking Back Sunday, who inspired his onstage moniker(a reference to a lyric from the bands debut record). I learned a lot about interacting withdifferent people on stage and got a lot of good experience performing. Playing shows feels verynormal after all the different venues my friends and I used to frequent when we playedtogether, he remembers of his early days.His mode of expression lies in employing organic instruments at the base and expanding thesonic template with lush, glittering synths and beats. His evocative choices have permitted himto perfectly encapsulate the vivacity of life -- but it wasnt an easy conclusion. I'm gonna givepeople me and take pride in that, he says, citing one of his biggest influences in Mura Masa. Iwas alway amazed how he effortlessly blended organic instruments into electronic music. Iwanted to have these beautiful verse sections that were driven by acoustic instruments and thenbuild into an emphatic chorus that is driven by the more electronic elements.Michels own Scars EP is very much indebted to his willingness to play and dance in the sun likenobodys watching. From the bodacious swagger of Stuck in Ya Game to the tattered, bruisedheart of Emotion, featuring Panama, the record pulsates with both melancholy and vervor. Indrawing upon his well of life experience, he manages to tug on the heartstrings while alsoshoving the listener onto the dancefloor, blasts of neon light reflecting across an ocean ofbodies just basking in the moment.I've learned a lot about expectations and how I should handle them, and I've learned aboutputting important things in life first. Things move by faster than I'd like, so I may as well spend itdoing things I enjoy, says Michael. To say hes reached a new apex of his craft is anunderstatement. His third EP is a grand gesture of raw, unfiltered human emotion, and youd behard pressed to find EDM with more potency

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