charly haze – ‘California, 2am’

Dutch London-based electropop singer-songwriter charly haze kicks off 2021 with her triumphant new single ‘California, 2am’.

Released via Kartel Music Group, haze’s single is the fourth in an array of tracks leading towards her highly anticipated debut EP.

Beginning with a mystical spoken interlude, this addictive track represents the obscurity of a tempestuous and ill-fated love affair. “I see your conscience in the rear-view mirror” is metaphorical of a car chase, portraying the relatable head versus heart contradiction. The pulsating arpeggios and sinistrous synth melodies provoke an ‘80s dark-wave backing track, subsequently followed by haze’s melodious pop vocal, situating between sensuality and resentment.

After making full recovery from a brain injury caused by a car crash, charly haze began a new chapter in her life by seeking her fortune and moving to London to successfully pursue her music career. Haze explains how the devastating accident lead to an awakening and realisation of self-importance and contentment “this drastic change made me re-evaluate my personal relationships, which ones to prioritise and which ones to leave in the past.”

Having released her work in 2020, ‘California, 2am’ follows her singles ‘Tanlines’, ‘Overdrive’, as well as a cover of Don Henley’s ‘The Boys Of Summer’. After signing her first label deal at the age of 15, charly haze rose to fame in her home country of The Netherlands and joined synth-pop act La Roux on tour, as well as singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding and the rock band Noisettes; this experience did not only refine her songwriting skills but her electrifying live performances too.

With her debut EP on the way and the excitement building, ‘California, 2am’ is the perfect tune to blast from the speakers, not just in California at 2am, but wherever you are in the world, day and night.

Imogen May

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