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.