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One Track Mind: Burd Hauz

The California-based artist finds inspiration in the raw emotion of Walking Volcanoes’ Expire Together

The premise of One Track Mind is pretty simple: I ask artists to pick one track that means a lot to them – either something they’ve discovered recently, something that’s been with them for years, or one that reminds them of a specific time in their life or career – and tell me what makes it so special to them. I get to talk to the artists I love, and they get to talk about the artists they love. Love all round!

Today we welcome California-based artist Burd Hauz, whose debut album In My Sky landed last month and is already one of my favourite LPs of the year. Bringing together sultry R&B cuts, tough, trappy beats, lo-fi indie rock and even grungy guitars, it’s 30 minutes of pure, heartfelt, and seemingly boundless creativity, packing in an outrageous amount of different tones and styles in its short running time. It’s really brilliant: you should go and listen to it.

For her track, Burd Hauz has picked a fiercely emotional record that informed several of the tracks on her album.

Burd Hauz on Walking Volcanoes – Expire Together

“Expire Together holds a lot of meaning for me. The first time I heard it, I interpreted it as a love song. Later, I got to talk to the artist (who is local to SF) and found out that the song was actually about his late father. Although I had to listen to the song repeatedly to really decipher the lyrics, the vocal performance is so raw that I couldn’t help but to feel.

“The vocalist Zach Awang pours his heart into the chorus “Let’s expire, let’s expire togetherrrrr.” Pure & unadulterated emotion, right there, at my disposal. It really inspired me to search for that unique angst in my own verse/writing. Fated Feel, Under and Truth Is on my most recent album In My Sky absolutely channel the rawness that Walking Volcanoes achieved on Expire Together. It is one of my go to songs when I am mourning something.”

Burd Hauz – In My Sky is out now