Waking up to Houis' new tune "haze" gave me the peaceful, yet groovy energy I needed! "haze", featuring the talented WEI and JVLY is the perfect balance between delicate pulsing beats, intricate production, and daydreamy vocal melodies.

We've been following Houis for a while now, and it was great to see him teaming up with William (WEI) who I've had the pleasure of talking a few times over the years. Add the talented Aussie JVLY and you've got a recipe for success. Honestly, "haze" is one of those tracks you immediately fall in love with. So delicate.

Houis elaborates, "I was introduced to William, through a mutual a little while ago and was instantly drawn to his kindness, organic/neo-soul production style, and guitar abilities (the dude shreds). Not too long after, we became fast friends and hit the studio to write the instrumental for “haze”, which will actually be my first in-person collab that I’m releasing! After wrapping up the instrumental, we were super excited to pitch it to Kayle, who’s been on my bucket list of artists to work with for ages, and he absolutely smashed the vocals. I feel so happy with this one, and I can without a doubt say that it was the most fun collab/songwriting experience I’ve had."

After the first few listens, once the obsession started kicking in, I started paying attention to the little details on "" and let me tell you - there are quite a few!

WEI adds, "I met Gabe at a lofi festival close to our homes in Brooklyn, and immediately hit it off, finding him to be an intelligent, talented, and super sweet guy. As we both had influences in electronic Soul, it became time for our forces to combine. We sought out a local studio space and quickly, intuitively built the instrumental for "haze". After adding our touches, he introduced me to Kayle's tunes - I realized I had heard him in the wild beforehand. Then we were off to the races once Kayle started singing and sharing his lucious artistry with us! I’m excited for everyone to hear the special joint we three made, and hope they’ll be able to find new details and surprises upon each listen!”

The track reminds me weirdly of the works of Bon Iver, but simultaneously has scents of Bonobo and Teen Daze. I do hope this makes sense.

When it comes to putting this together and the overall experience, JVLY shares, "Gabe and I had been talking about working together for a while and when this idea came along it definitely felt like the right fit. I love all the little details in Gabe and WIll’s production. I was really drawn to the dreamy and delicate sounds, but it had a drive to it at the same time. I started writing the first thing that came to mind while it was still raw, which is pretty much what you hear now. I wanted to try to capture the feeling of the moment right between being asleep and awake, fresh out of a dream that you weren’t really ready to leave yet."

posted by Ivo
December 2023