HALFT is a young, half Japanese and half American electronic artist who makes chill organic styled music. He is influenced by experiences that are usually sobering in nature. He tries to use lyrics that evoke the right blend of complexity and rawness. “I like dark music that makes me think about things in a different way from the norm,” says HALFT. He cites his biggest musical influences as: Bon Iver, Nirvana, SZA, Frank Ocean, and The Smiths.
HALFT purveys a very mellow mixture of sounds – not in the kitschy sense, but in the sense of a laid-back, no dance floor style electro. HALFT is determined to inject as much warmth into electronic music as possible. The music of his latest track, “December” throbs slowly but insistently, snatches of melody drawing you in, the beat stimulating but relaxing at the same time. Welcome to the music of HALFT, your ticket to another room, a spacious mood, a place where cares do not exist and pleasure is abundant yet composed. The gentle beat, sounds and understated vocals, wash across the shores of your mind, gently hypnotizing away the craggy realities that soon seem many miles behind you. Too good to be true? Not in this case.
I’ve been through hundreds of so-called chill out albums and discovered, as you by now have, that most of them are bland, same-sounding pap, boring, merely sonic filler. With today’s electronic gear it’s all too easy to make wooshy sounds. As in all musical genres, only about ten percent of artists are really gifted, let alone brilliant. HALFT very much is, at least on this track.
You’ll get that spacious feeling, the warmth of the strong but mellow beat, and actual musical artistry which comes shimmering through elegantly. Subtle variations ease your imperceptibly from one segment of the track to another without losing interest. A word of advice: Don’t attempt to operate heavy machinery while listening to “December”. In fact, I wouldn’t advise operating anything heavier than a Martini shaker!