The evolution of Darren Hayes continues to flourish with the release of the iconic artist’s new single, ‘Poison Blood’.
Following on from what has been a stellar pair of single releases thus far in 2022 (‘Let’s Try Being In Love’, ‘Do You Remember?’), ‘Poison Blood’ is another strong example of the way Darren Hayes has reconnected with himself not only on an artistic, but personal level.
The marriage of both sides come together in beautiful cohesion here; the song provides an avenue for Darren to explore darker themes of depression and suicide, and as a result, produce some of his most earnest and raw lyrics to date.
‘Poison Blood’ was written, orchestrated, and produced entirely by Darren in Los Angeles with mixing and mastering completed by Trevor Yasuda (Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey) and Mike Bozzi (Childish Gambino, Janet Jackson). The song itself embraces a loftier, more stripped back feel than its predecessors; Darren’s stunning falsetto weaving effortlessly with beats and sparse synth arrangements.
Feelings of space and isolation speak to the themes of ‘Poison Blood’, however the melodic builds and emotional impact of the lyrics anchor the track in the brightness that Darren has brought to the entirety of this new project.
“’Poison Blood’ is a song about choosing to stay when everything else in your life is telling you to leave. I have a family history of depression and suicide and I talk openly about my own diagnosis it in the hope that I might inspire someone who is struggling to seek help, as I have proudly done many times throughout my life.
I describe my depression as a blessing, a gift and a curse all at once. I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy and yet I’m aware I am a deeply sensitive person, and that my unique brain allows me to feel depths of emotions that many people don’t experience.
So I have learned to use those moments to channel melodies and stories that I hope are so real and so relatable they might reach someone else who is in pain, like me, and remind them to stay, like I choose to, every single day.” – DARREN HAYES
The release of ‘Poison Blood’ adds to what is becoming a dynamic new era for Darren Hayes. The multi-award-winning songwriter and performer cemented his return earlier this year not just with the release of ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’, but with an epic headline performance at the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration, invigorating the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
::: RenownedForSound.com’s Editor and Founder –
Interviewing and reviewing the best in new music and globally recognized artists is his passion.
Over the years he has been lucky enough to review thousands of music releases and concerts and interview artists ranging from top selling superstars like 27-time Grammy Award winner Alison Krauss, Boyz II Men, Roxette, Cyndi Lauper, Lisa Loeb and iconic Eagles front man/songwriter, Glenn Frey through to more recent successes including Newton Faulkner, Janelle Monae and Caro Emerald.
Brendon manages and coordinates the amazing team of writers on RenownedForSound.com who are based in the UK, the U.S and Australia.