Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hawk- "Keeps Me Out" -- Heavenly but Grounded

Keeps Me Out, the new track by London's Hawk (who count Berlin as their second home as well) is big in sound and emotion. Julie Hough's vocal performance feels at once heavenly but also grounded as the slight stray into more of a soundgaze aesthetic is not over taken by a hazy mix. Keeps Me Out feels like anthemic dream pop.
Robb Donker


Explaining the meaning behind the track, Julie expands: “We’d been on tour doing a lot of long drives listening to Loveless and Souvlaki, and when we got back, we felt a real urge to go full shoe-gaze. The lyrics are Inspired by those days when the most tempting decision is to do nothing and immerse yourself in distractions from your inner demons. Deciding to make a change in your life – whatever that may be - means setting a new bar that feels unattainable; that can feel like a failure waiting to happen.”

HAWK originally formed in London in 2014, spending spells of time in their adopted second home in Berlin. They now produce all music themselves and have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound. In addition to their musical endeavours, front woman Julie is also a skilled illustrator and has recently launched Female Fronted Drawn Together - a project through which she has created a playlist of admirable female bands/musicians and created an illustration to accompany each song.

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