“All it takes is a flame.” Hyd aka Hayden Dunham unveils their debut LP CLEARING, an album of dynamic, seductive and texturally-rich pop songs that signals a new dialogue of destruction and renewal.
CLEARING captures the confluence of agency and surrender. Arranged cyclically over 11 tracks (released on 11/11), Hyd carries us through their elemental states of being: Fire (destruction), Ash (rebuilding), Garden (germination) and Air (emergence). In harnessing elements sonically, visually and conceptually, Hyd builds out a sensory world for their audience to hear, see, feel and breathe in.
Hyd’s unique approach to songwriting results in material that is emotionally rich in texture, while their acute ability to control the temperature of a song makes the music multidimensional. Hyd has also built and led a community of aurally aligned creative partners, whose presence is felt throughout CLEARING. Drawing in such friends and artists as SOPHIE and A. G. Cook (Hyd’s co-creators of trans-dimensional project QT), as well as Caroline Polachek, Nomak, Danny L Harle, Jonsi and EASYFUN, they created CLEARING between Los Angeles, London, New York and a series of volcanic islands. Informed by Hyd’s wider artistic practice, Hyd’s music is the result of interior research, community dialogues, and material exploration designed to create an immense new ecosystem for their dedicated audience to be immersed in.
CLEARING follows Hyd’s self-titled debut EP, released in 2021 to critical acclaim, and a host of global live shows. Throughout the album, Hyd explores untouched levels of vulnerability - dismantling interior structures and letting the frame fracture to spur a cyclical, sonic, visual and sensory evolution. As materials molt into new states of being, so does Hyd. Hyd’s music breaks free of ruptured systems and expands beyond what is physically present or possible, and in doing so, invites the listener to join them on a journey of inward investigation and a reckoning of their own. For this, Hyd is a catalyst, and CLEARING is the strike of the match that beckons the flame.
Brooklyn-based Estonian-American producer umru emerged into the pop music zeitgeist with his first credit on Charli XCX's seminal 2017 mixtape Pop 2, recruited at 18 by A. G. Cook to co-produce the highlight track 'I Got It'. This quickly brought umru from high school and online music circles to performing worldwide and collaborating with some of pop's most forward-thinking acts. The release of his debut EP search result on Cook’s PC Music label revealed his strength in merging intense, bass-heavy sound design with earworm melodies from a lineup of the internet's most influential vocal talent including Lewis Grant & Laura Les (of 100 gecs). umru’s work has gone on to excel in and help define the emerging space right between underground & pop, from his star-studded 7-minute ‘movinglikeazombie (remix)’ with ericdoa (named one of the best tracks of 2020 by NPR) to production for Yung Kayo, Caroline Polachek, Tommy Cash, or Fraxiom, to scoring for art pieces by Hayden Dunham at Times Square Space & MoMA PS1, to his 'sound cache' sample pack series that has become a staple among modern producers.