“Hazy” by Alex O’aiza is an indie pop song that explores the fast paced and frustrating world of Gen Z dating.
The artist establishes a clear atmosphere to his song using techno beats and a muffled effect. His voice quite literally sounds hazy as he builds into the extremely catchy chorus. What stood out to me the most was the production and layering of sounds. It is complex but it ties the entire song together in an incredibly pleasing way. Yet, what he’s talking about is not at all as upbeat as the song's vivacious rhythm. The lyrics tell of an unreciprocated love that began as friends-with-benefits but this guy “caught feels” as we Gen Z’s call it. Heartbroken, the guy is still haunted by that partner even when they move far away. Alex has talent because somehow he made tragedy sound like something I would love to dance along to.
“Hazy is about my reoccurring inability to keep a healthy romantic relationship going on in my life,” explains O’aiza. “Whether because of personal differences, bad timing, or just being overwhelmed with life, it seems to me like my relationships are simply destined to fall apart. Hazy is a compilation of little snapshots from several moments (& different people) in my life, where things just end up going south, and I end up asking myself "how can I turn this around? How can I make this all ok?".
Alex O’aiza is a Mexican-American indie artist based out of Dallas, Texas. He loves to “mix snappy pop hooks with gritty rock riffs and the rolling beats of Alternative RnB.” While his songs often have poetic lyrics, Alex has a clear sense of humor. His recent EP “Out of Mind” was released during quarantine so he recorded the music video entirely on his phone, using Instagram stories' wildest effects. I don’t want to spoil anything but for a bit he sings as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson - do yourself a favor and go check it out. The artists’ craft and creativity is clear in this new song and I am excited to enjoy it and hope for another music video.
Written by Annika Johnson, Edited by Hannah Schneider