- 07 Jul 21
Dyvr and HAVVK collaborate to create a brand-new queer anthem.
Belfast-based budding queer icon Dyvr has shared their latest lo-fi, high-impact track 'The Others,' featuring Irish alt-rock trailblazers HAVVK.
Twinkling synthesiser melodies introduce the track, while a steady heartbeat of percussion keeps it grounded. The determined thump-thump-thump of the percussion gives the listener the sense that their heart is beating in their throat, injecting the song with a kind of anxiety, while the synths and vocal lines map out imaginative melodies.
Combined with the chorus's striking lyrics – "I'm giving up hiding even though I'm always safe there / I never knew eating here with you could make me so scared" – this gives listeners an insight into the coming out and coming-of-age stories that play out for the non-binary queer artist.
Dyvr has taken inspiration from the queer scene of their home city, London, to create a song that serves as a confessional love letter to their younger self.
The track's pared back instrumentation creates an engrossing soundscape with Dyvr's voice intermingling with HAVVK's vocalist and bassit, Julie Hawk. The two trace a story that moves from insecurity to confidence, making for a catchy, and essentially danceable track.
HAVVK are a Dublin-based, three-piece band who make an obvious collaborator for an artist like Dyvr, with their political overtones and discussion of gender expression. Together, the two have created a punchy electronica-doused pop anthem with a strong message.
Listen to the song below.