hfk: HALSEY

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.

I gotta say, this is a great album. I’ve listened to a lot of interviews and I think it’s kind of genius. So let me give you the lowdown…

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photog on tour @donslens

Halsey went through a rough breakup. As she dealt with it, she got super into Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet and basically, the idea for hopeless fountain kingdom was birthed. It’s a concept album with themes from the story, but she swapped the roles of the characters, which is such a Halsey move. She makes moves that go against the status quo, and they’re usually pretty blunt.

She’s pretty proud when she talks about how she wrote every word of this album. And rightfully so. She has started to be open to giving songs she writes to other people. Her only criteria? They’ve gotta be similar in terms of what they’re about. Like, she’s probably not going to give her song to someone who isn’t going to support equality for the LGBTQ community, or something she really cares about. They have to be on the same page in that sense.

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@donslens

hopeless fountain kingdom does have some collaborations, though. You’ll hear The Weeknd written all over “Eyes Closed.” You’ll also hear Quavo featured in “Lie”, Cashmere  Cat in “Hopeless” and Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui in “Strangers.” 

Her music videos for the album thus far all piece together in the Romeo and Juliet storyline, but like I said before, Halsey definitely throws in her own style, twists, and interpretations.

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@donslens

If I had to say a favorite, I’d say………… Heaven in Hiding, Strangers, Bad at Love, Devil In Me, Alone, Sorry, okay basically just the whole thing. IDK why I even tried.

I’m curious – do you guys like this album?

Here’s what Pitchfork thought.

Here’s what Rolling Stone thought.

Buy it. On Vinyl for $12 freaking bucks? Yes. Always.

Cheers and happy Shakespeare-ing.

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