Meet DAISY WORLD, the Tyler, the Creator-Approved R&B Star in the Making
Photo: Seannie Bryan
The descent of falling in love with the wrong person is a tumultuous journey down the rabbit hole. Adorned with feelings of pure ecstasy shadowed by a sense of foreboding doubt, the heart wants what it wants, often regardless of the consequences. Here to encapsulate this hodgepodge of fervid emotions in her solo debut is multi-disciplined, Los Angeles-native artist DAISY WORLD with the dual single release "Sundown / Sixtwo."
Though a fresh face under this new moniker, Daisy Hamel-Bufa is no stranger to the creative community of which she was raised. Perhaps you've heard her decadent, smoky vocals featured on Tyler, the Creator's "Rise!," from his most recent album, Call Me If You Get Lost, or saw her perform alongside Tyler at the Roxy a few weeks prior. If not, perhaps you're familiar with her as the front woman of the jazz-infused alternative band DAISY, frequenters among the LA underground performance circuit, who also performed at Tyler, The Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw in 2019. If both of these opportunities to become acquainted with this multi-hued artists have passed you by, maybe you know her as a visual artist, whose hand painted garments have adorned the likes of Addison Rae and Benny Blanco. Regardless of the outlet, it's not too late to become engrossed in the prismatic world of Daisy.
A heart-wrenching examination of being lost in love and the loneliness that often follows, "Sundown / Sixtwo" showcases the young talent's undeniably gifted pen and vocal prowess. Created alongside producer Natalie Green, with additional instrumentation from Patrick Paige II (of The Internet) and Waylon Rector, "Sundown" comes from a place of pure vulnerability.
In Daisy's own words, "'Sundown'... oh 'Sundown'... this song is about a very complex love situation that was consuming my life at the time. I fell for someone that I wasn't supposed to... as we all do at some point, and when the distractions of the day would come to an end I found myself in this nightly sorrow just thinking about it. I wanted to encompass all the emotions I went through, sadness, longing, vulnerability, anger, frustration ALL OF IT smushed into one song.“
Beginning softly, featuring her sultry vocals over an ethereal synth and electric guitar, she poses the questions, "What is it about sundown? Have you been killing the time all day?" Moving through relaxed, jazz-influenced melodic phrases, mid-way through the production flowers into a gripping amalgamation of sound, perfectly mirroring the highs and lows of love and infatuation.
Following up with the melancholic and heartbreakingly honest ballad "Six Two," Daisy describes the composition process as "pure catharsis…" recalling "a very intense moment of feeling alone and unwanted…" from which "this tiny little jazz standard just spilled right out of me." Encouraging her fans to run through rather than away from pain "Six Two" serves as a reminder that we are not alone during the darkest points of life and that truly feeling is our greatest humanistic asset.
Listed to "Sundown / Sixtwo" below :