Mancunian imports and multi-national indie-pop group Hayes & Y release latest single. Empty Orchestra infuses indie rock structure and melody with dance vibes making it a heavily addictive summer ready track.
One of Manchester’s latest one’s to watch aren’t natives but drawn to the cities rich music culture, they don’t necessarily conform with the traditional idea of the Manchester sound, but then again what does that even mean? Yeah, maybe we’re most famous for The Smiths and Oasis, but The Hollies changed the world and The Hacienda revolutionised the way people clubbed forever, not to forget X-Factor winner Shane Ward, although I’ve tried. Made up of band members from as far a field as Finland and Bulgaria Hayes & Y are closer to the poppy electronic sound of Delphic and Everything Everything than the industrial post punk thuds of Joy Division. Their latest single Empty Orchestra is a melodic, free flowing track dripping in good vibes and summer energy, starting with delicate synth whirls and a strong, marching vocal before the thudding bass drum invites everything to build. Enter seductive falsetto vocals and an intricate, mesmerising bass line as the track comes into it’s own becoming a tapestry of melody each more sleek and hard to get out of your head than the last.
Frontman Blagoslav Anastasov described the writing experience, “I was [originally] writing ‘Empty Orchestra’ for someone else,” he explains “but the guys loved it so much that we decided to keep it for the band. It’s a more mellow and melodic side of the band, but we still tried to preserve some of that indie disco vibe that we like so much. The lyrics are about trying to get back to a moment of joy and making it last longer.” The lyrics are represented perfectly in the songs complexed emotional energy, a longing, melancholic undertone that runs beneath this feeling of celebration. Instand summer playlist essential.