Perth's Alex Hayes (formerly of indie-rock band The Silents) today shares Osaka, the first full-length of his new project, HYLA. The album is set for release on Friday, September 15th and available to stream in full from today, exclusively via Rolling Stone Australia.
Across the ten tracks of Osaka, Hayes' gliding, often-obfuscated vocals float through arrangements that shift from thunderous grungy angst ("Take Sides") to swirling Brit-pop ("Friends Are Kind Enough") to driving punk fury ("Fraction") to reflective sixties psychedelica ("Foreign Tower") — where rare moments of clarity highlight Hayes' hidden, yet striking, lyrics ("I am my father's son", unlikely a Wolf Parade reference.)
Such width that suggests an exhaustive genre-collage, yet is unified by a consistent gloss of dream-pop skewed shoegaze — a bright but sonically-dense sound that scales to stadium-sized grandeur, yet remains within Hayes' tight grip throughout. Osaka is an album that's both aggressively forthright and inviting, passionate and personal, and all wrapped-up with enough big riffs, distortion and noise to facilitate complete immersion.