Emerging multi-instrumentalist Gavin Haley has released a music video for “Garden” as well as a new EP, Bike Rides Alone – Haley’s most personal work to date. The eight-track EP gives fans a more intimate look at Haley’s upbringing and his personal struggles with anxiety and depression.
“I grew up with four sisters and two brothers; my mom homeschooled us all. I never really felt like I fit in anywhere. When I was younger, the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ got asked often. The [typical] answer was ‘go to school, get a job, settle down, have a family,’… it scared me to think that you’re born somewhere, and you grow up and die in the same place. I found freedom and release in riding my bike. It allowed me to forget about the unnecessary pressures and anxieties of growing up,” says Haley of his inspiration behind the project. “The start of the pandemic was the first time in a while I’ve had to reflect. You learn more about yourself and why you are the way you are. What makes this project so special is that I was the only writer. There was no one in the room to tell me what I should or shouldn’t say. Creating this project was the same feeling for me when I used to ride my bike as a kid – a way to escape the noise and be here now. I hope people connect with it and that they understand me more.”
The single “Garden” features Haley burying the former version of himself – leaving it all behind, he closes the chapters of his past.
Watch the video for “Gardens” below:
Bike Rides Alone can be streamed on all major platforms, here.
Bike Rides Alone Tracklist:
2. Someone New
3. Toxic Nostalgia
6. Lonely Boy Attire