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The Austin 100: Hazey Eyes

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Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Genre: Rock

Why We're Excited: It's tempting to peg Hazey Eyes — the name taken by classically trained multi-instrumentalist and electronic musician Thomas Michel — as an indie-rock version of The Chainsmokers, given his gift for mixing emotive, synth-intensive arrangements with an assortment of guest vocalists. But Hazey Eyes' collaborations come about far more organically, mostly through serendipity via Soundcloud, and the result feels more eclectic and surprising as a result. It helps that his springy songs are true collaborations: For "Scars," Adrian Galvin (a.k.a. the terrific Yoke Lore) wrote most of the words instead of merely laying down vocal tracks and disappearing.

Stream Hazey Eyes' "Scars" (feat. Yoke Lore)