After leaving behind her job in June of 2018, California-native Hannah Stewart set-off on a three-month road trip of the U.S. and Canada—a journey that ended up birthing thirty new songs from the indie-pop singer. After recording two EP’s in her own apartment, Stewart has returned with new single “Glaze,” a giddy, blistering-synth-pop medley fueled by her sharp vocal work. Between her piercing, giddily hoarse crooning and the track’s playful use of buzzing synths and head-bobbing percussion, “Glaze” thumps soothingly along.
Inspired by the likes of Jamie xx and Lady Gaga, as well as fellow indie darlings in Grimes and Alvvays, Stewart clearly breaks the mold in terms of the indie-pop genre. “Glaze” isn’t your typical synth-pop meets soft wailer—Stewart winds her melancholy into a blissful melody of coiled electronics, each one springing out different from the last to meet her effervescent cries.
“Glaze is about feeling overwhelmed by life. Between modern media, living in a big city, and being in my twenties, sometimes my response is to just shut down,” Stewart said of the song. “But I can’t shut down completely all the time, so instead I just retreat inward and allow reality to sort of gloss over. The track is my response to people who notice this asking me what’s wrong. I’m fine, just overwhelmed, so I’m glazing it over.”