Last week, Payton Moormeier released the music video to his latest single, “Habits.” A follow up to his first effort, “Love Letter,” the single’s video is already bolstered by over 710 thousand views, a testament to his ability to continue writing impactful, original music.
The Georgia-born, North Carolina-raised singer/songwriter’s initial success was through his covers of popular material, most notably, Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and Halsey’s “Without Me,” both of which would score him viral hits in early adolescence. From there, Moormeier’s debut original, under the simplified mononym, payton, earned him nearly one million streams. With that move came the free rein to showcase fitting lyrical themes, and once dormant stylistic sensibilities, such as hip hop and alternative rock.
Taking both the single and video release of “Habits” into account, the approach works effectively. Moormeier’s indie-influenced guitar and bold bass foundation wholly complements the video’s color palette, as well as it accentuates the song’s thematic angle – a relationship ended without closure, which channels thoughts of uncertainty, and, to an extent, a type of bittersweet nostalgia. As Payton releases more original material later on, I’m looking forward to how he will not only further explore this thematic angle, but the extent of his creativity.
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