NEW MUSIC: HAYD | WHAT DID I DO?
Michigan native singer/songwriter Hayd dropped his EP, “Changes,” this past September and has now released yet another sad single for fans titled “What Did I Do?” The Interscope-signed artist has an honest following on Instagram of 45.2K; however, his genuine acclaim is from TikTok with 409.8K followers and 8.5M likes. On TikTok, he had his EP’s title track “Changes” rake up over 10 million views. Still, “What Did I Do?” feels like the remanence of “Changes,” another sad song of a failed relationship. To emphasize this loss, the artwork for “What Did I Do?” is a lonely neighbourhood streetlamp trapped in a blue haze. It’s isolated, dark, and alone. And, much like the single artwork, Hayd’s lyrics and production capture this disconnect. The simple guitar melody that introduces the song before Hayd comes in with, “It’s funny how life takes time from under your fingers / Like snowfall takes the life of flowers in winter.” His lyrics are introspective, aware, poetic, and, above all, relatable. He doesn’t add much to the seemingly acoustic production, only more orchestral layers for a more cinematic, atmospheric feeling. If anything, it is a natural build to the song and nothing out of the ordinary. In the song’s outro, there is a noticeable distortion in his voice, as if he is talking through the paper, and the sound adds that extra punch of loneliness. Through it all, he finishes, “Oh, what did I do? Mm-mm.” There’s no other way to take it but a defeat.