Maya Hawke Gives Listeners An Intimate Look Into Her Life With ‘MOSS’
Over the past year, Maya Hawke has established herself as one of television’s rising stars with an incredible performance in season 4 of “Stranger Things” (2016–) and her hilarious role in “Do Revenge” by Netflix (2022). Hawke’s characters tend to have a comedic side, and his nature in interviews and other public appearances shows the world his positive, cheerful side – a stark contrast to his music. In his music, most recently with the release of his second album “MOSS” (2022), Hawke delves deep into the intricacies of emotions and relationships, from relating with family members and friends to navigating the world in its public versus its private. life.
“MOSS” is defined by her dreamy, delicate voice and her descriptive lyricism that aims to tell specific stories or portray moments in her life. Classified as an alternative/indie-pop record, the album is reminiscent of Taylor Swift’s “folklore” (2020) and Phoebe Bridgers’ “Punisher” (2020), which is not surprising since “MOSS” has some of the same co-writers and producers who worked on these albums. Hawke even said in an interview that she was “super inspired by ‘folklore'” and even partially worked on her album at Long Pond Studios, owned by “folklore” collaborator Aaron Dessner and where Swift filmed her “Folklore” documentary. : The Long Pond Studio”. Sessions” (2020).
The first single released for the album was “Thérèse”, inspired by a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The song describes the desire for a place free and safe from those who may criticize or misunderstand. With lyrics like “Dreamin’ of an Appaloosa / Saddle up, ridin’ out of town” and “We were sea anemones / Spelling out each other’s names”, Hawke emphasizes a sense of serenity and peace. Her second single from the album, “Sweet Tooth,” addresses the idea of loving someone despite the pain they put you through. With a dynamic beat, Hawke sings “I’m grateful for everything you put me through / That’s the only reason I’m good to talk to”, acknowledging that the pain she felt because of this relationship built her character, before singing “When I’m sick or in pain, I’ll call you anyway”, proving that she will always hold a place in her heart for this person.
Hawke doesn’t hold back with her album, sharing her deepest, most intimate feelings and thoughts that listeners can connect with. Hawke even talks about his parents’ relationship in track 12, “Driver.” Hawke is the daughter of the famous “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” (2003) and “Pulp Fiction” (1994) actress and model Uma Thurman and her former husband, Ethan Hawke, a popular actor, director and writer in the industry. The couple divorced in 2005, about seven years after the birth of their daughter.
In “Driver”, Hawke juxtaposes his feelings towards romantic relationships and his parents’ relationship, showing how their marriage impacted his outlook on love. The song is stripped down, with simple guitar strings and Hawke’s vocals in the foreground. Hawke sings, “I’d give anything I’d ever have to see them happy,” seemingly in reference to wanting her parents to stay together — a truly heartbreaking lyric. Hawke then goes on to sing “And oh, I can watch it in the movies / I don’t wanna see it so clear and concise”, a relatable lyric about how movies tend to distort people’s perception of love. showcasing “perfect” relationships where the couple always work out. Although Hawke sings about the pain throughout this song, she concludes it by trying to understand her father, singing “Glad my dad got it.” released / That even if it hurts me / He can be who the hell he wants to be.”
Hawke’s lyricism deserves much praise. Hawke creates beautiful moments in his music with vivid descriptions of personal moments and sings candidly about the complexity of relationships. From the bubbly “Mermaid Bar” and “South Elroy” to the tranquil “Luna Moth,” Hawke establishes a sense of harmony and takes listeners to a private, peaceful place throughout “MOSS.”
“MOSS” defies expectations. Hawke has survived the music industry‘s infamous concept of the “second-year slump,” proving his musical talent to be genuine. Hawke, akin to another “nepotism baby” Gracie Abrams, is showing the world that the success of her music isn’t a direct result of having celebrity parents in the industry, but the result of her sheer, lyrical abilities. poetry and her dreamlike, hazy voice that come together to create a heavenly album.