By Margaret Adams
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Virginia native Freddy Hall has recently released his new alternative rock album, DAZY. His first single, “Feed the Fire,” illustrates the main themes of addiction and loss that the album expands on through emotional lyrics and a specific concentration on soulful trumpet sections.
DAZY is the New York-based artist’s third studio album, produced by Anthony “Rocky” Gallo. The album features multiple interesting musical talents: the musical director of the Tony Award-winning musical, Moulin Rouge, aided in arranging horn sections throughout multiple tracks. Also, Freestyle Love Supreme’s Aneesa Folds is featured on the second track, “I’m Not Gonna Take You Back,” along with drummer, Marques Walls.
“I started recording DAZY in the fall of 2020, in the midst of a pandemic and staring into the eyes of uncertainty,” Hall said. “All I had in my arsenal were these songs and a lot of hope.”
On the first track on the album, “The Bad Ones,” Hall expresses his inclination to love “the bad ones,” rather than be with someone who would be good for him; this is set to a guitar-driven indie track that focuses on interesting guitar riffs and the melodic tune.
“Something Good” is one of his more popular tracks on the album and is reminiscent of bands like GRITS and St. Paul and The Broken Bones; the jazzier and uplifting trumpets bring such a joyful disposition to this album.
Knowing that the album was written after the loss of Hall’s partner to opioid addiction sheds a certain light on songs like “May Love Follow,” “Beggin’ For,” and the beautiful instrumental finisher to the album, “Dayton St.”
“DAZY is a journey of self-discovery through loss, and is offered as a beacon of hope, especially to the most fragile among us,” Hall said.
Catch Freddy Hall during his handful of tour dates in the DMV, including a November 11 show in Richmond, Virginia.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
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