Hayes Warner's latest release, "Worst Time of Year," is a refreshing departure from the typical holiday fare, offering a raw and unapologetic take on the festive season. With biting lyrics adorned with ironic jingling bells, Warner crafts an anti-holiday anthem that resonates with those who have experienced heartbreak during what should be a joyful time. The song transforms a once warm and romantic holiday season into a cold and bitter landscape, vividly portraying the emotions of a protagonist abandoned by their significant other. Warner's ability to infuse irony into the festive soundscape is a testament to her songwriting prowess, making, "Worst Time of Year," a standout in the holiday music landscape.
Accompanying the release is a visually compelling and emotionally charged visualizer directed by Frankie Fire. Set against the backdrop of NYC, Warner's hometown, the visualizer takes viewers on a poignant journey. As she belts out her resentment, the visuals capture her trudging around the festive city and reluctantly participating in uncomfortable family holiday photos with a forced smile. Warner's connection with New York City is palpable, and her confessional Bedroom Pop songs, inspired by the energy of the streets and its people, teeter powerfully between the city's highs and lows. Her authenticity shines through as she reflects on the city that has been both a source of inspiration and heartbreak throughout her life.
In, "Worst Time of Year," Hayes Warner's ability to blend personal narrative with a relatable theme makes the song a standout addition to her repertoire. The track's emotional depth, paired with Warner's unique perspective on NYC, creates a musical experience that is both cathartic and thought-provoking. As Warner continues to navigate the extremes of love and heartbreak through her confessional pop sound, "Worst Time of Year," stands as a testament to her artistic vision and ability to capture the complexities of the human experience, even in the midst of holiday cheer.