Vibrant Indie Pop from Miami Explores Social Awkwardness. - The Hails - Situations
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posted 29 May 2020 by Krister Axel
This polished mix of driving guitar harmonies, wistful melodies, and atmospheric color is a perfect soundtrack for finding personal space away from the crowd.

We have covered The Hails before - they write music that rides the line between indie pop, rock, and soul from a shady spot under the palm trees in Miami. "Situations" is an airy jam about the occasional banality of public interactions, and the disillusionment that comes from unwanted social pressures.

The brooding lyrics here are hidden in plain view under cover of a sparkling and vibrant jazz-flavored jam - much like a person trying to force a smile and "fake this shit" at a party. "Situations" draws inspiration from 70s pop and modern indie with a nod to everything from The Doobie Brothers to Frank Ocean. Their first release in the new year, The Hails are ready to add to the six million spins they have already earned with earlier singles "Younger" and "Stay." This polished mix of driving guitar harmonies, wistful melodies, and atmospheric color is a perfect soundtrack for finding personal space away from the crowd.

I know what they want now, they want a situation
I need a way out, can't take the conversation
And I was thinking I could fake the shit all night
But I don't wanna take it that far

This song is featured on our Soul playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Morristown, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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