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Last issue I covered Hay­wyre’s “Two Fold Pt. 1” album and why he makes me feel like a worthless human being. This time it’s the “Pt. 2” and a little more of why I’m a worthless human being.

Released this year on Feb. 8, almost a full two years af­ter “Pt. 1,” “Two Fold Pt. 2” shows Haywyre’s growth as an artist, and the genres he’s cur­rently experimenting with, or at least was at the time of pro­duction. The second album bears virtually no similarities to the first apart from one pia­no interlude towards the end, and it still manages to amaze me every time I listen to it.

While “Pt. 1” was more of a journey through differ­ent lands to an unspecified location, “Pt. 2” is reaching the destination. The second album is much more dance heavy, with deep, punch­ing kick and snare hits, and dubby, groovy bass lines and synths.

Something I was excited to see was Haywyre’s go at future bass on the track “I Am You” which comes right after the short intro track “I Am Me.” His go at deep house-esque music on the track “Do You Don’t You” is possibly my favorite song on the entire al­bum, because it’s actually im­possible not to dance to.

With every track seem­ingly focused on being dance-worthy—except for “Tran­sient,” an emotional piano track dedicated to his grand­father who passed away dur­ing production— it’s easy to think that Haywyre might’ve lost some of his originality and uniqueness.

In “Pt. 1,” minor social philosophy was explored, and we were meant to feel as if we were crossing through differ­ent cultures throughout the album. In “Pt. 2,” we’re meant to dance and get lost in the pulsations of the music.

But if you listen to the vocals, which are heavily dis­torted and sometimes hard to understand, Haywyre is ex­ploring philosophy again. For example, there’s a 47 second interlude after “I Am You” called “Restraint.” With an airy backing track of static and a light piano tune, a deep pitch shifted voice (presum­ably Haywyre’s) speaks about how “every concept, every notion has a counterpart… yet, every idea’s opposite is just the absence of the idea itself.” It might sound a little like babble, but the voice and the instrumental make it all sound interesting.

The album concludes with “Endlessly,” a song seeming­ly about the butterfly effect and how every idea is infi­nite. Maybe. I honestly have no idea. But it’s one of the best tracks on the album, and there’s a live performance of it on Haywyre’s YouTube chan­nel that’s worth watching.

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