H A U N T E R, Lo Artiz — We Are Gonna Be Okay

East coast based production duo H A U N T E R, made up of Sander Bryce & Jonah Levine, make their Fashionably Early debut with a bubbling soulful offering “We Are Gonna Be Okay.” The track is the second single off of the pair’s forthcoming album “Dream the Day Away,” and features vocalist Lo Artiz. I knew I had found something special with this song the second I heard the opening chords. The chorus uses an unorthodox time signature to keep the listener attentive, yet you can still get lost in Lo’s gorgeous vocals and harmonies. The way she punctuates each note calls to mind Tash Sultana while the track’s diverse instrument selections sound more like Hiatus Kaiyote.

After battling with substance abuse, Lo Artiz found inspiration for her lyrics on her journey to sobriety. She told me a common theme on this journey was needing faith in something, whatever that may be, to get to the light at the end of the tunnel. A lyric like “If I talk to God, will she ever reply?” demonstrates a bit of uncertainty as to where that faith should be placed, but still shows Lo playing an active role in her own recovery.

Many artists on the Fashionably Early pages have built rapid streaming followings off of the success of TikTok snippets. Lo has taken a more old-school approach of getting her name out there; playing as many LA shows as possible. The strategy has helped her draw big crowds; she recently headlined Hollywood’s Viper Room and sold nearly 200 tickets. Lo is a passionate live performer and sounds just as good in headphones; it’s only a matter of time before she becomes more than a local force.

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