The deeply talented Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, Will Hyde, has released his single “addicted” alongside a vivid music video. This is his fourth and final single before the release of his sophomore visual EP NOTHING EVER CHANGES, due to enter the world on December 10 via Pack Records/The Orchard. The 22-year-old singer has offered a discography filled with the introspection of mental health and the journey of finding personal growth. This new track is one that holds deep personal awareness with a simultaneous outward longing for a lost love. 

“Addicted” marks the fifth chapter of the visual album, taking Hyde out into the vastness of nature. While the cool palette of the forest creates a feeling of isolation and loneliness, the serenity of it is also innately grounding. It’s pulling Hyde back to his roots, as he is forced to deal with the fact of having to start over. 

Before the intimacy of the plucking guitar, an audio recording of Hyde states “Sometimes it feels like I go backwards and that’s pretty tough to watch.” It speaks towards the title of the track as with any form of addiction, it’s so easy to fall back into it because you’re trying to hold on to the good feelings that it used to bring, even if it’s wrong. On the significance of the song and the his personal road of self-discovery Hyde says, 

To me the song is about being in a stage where you would rather feel pain than love. It’s too hard to let that person go so I start to hold onto everything about them that I did have. All the little memories. That only drives me more crazy. I think it shows how the brain can use the same thing that made you live, cause pain.”

The video ends with Hyde fighting to stay standing as the waves of the ocean crash against him. It’s a symbolic cleansing as he eventually gives in, falling into waves and letting them wash over. The soft, dark blues of the natural world emote a sense of melancholy as Hyde accepts this internal truth. The next chapters of his journey will be revealed December 10 with the release of NOTHING EVER CHANGES. Until then, let the wave of emotions from “addicted” pull you in.

Jessie is currently a student at Stephens College getting her MFA in Screen and Tv Writing. Working full time, going to school and managing a small business music is truly the only thing that keeps her sane.
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Jessie is currently a student at Stephens College getting her MFA in Screen and Tv Writing. Working full time, going to school and managing a small business music is truly the only thing that keeps her sane.

1 Comment

  • Cašila Gilchrist
    6 months ago Reply

    Saw this on C31 very evocative.
    Bravo bravissima.

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