US actor, musician and daughter of Hollywood royalty Maya Hawke has released her latest studio album, Moss. The record arrives two years after her debut album, Blush, which received positive reviews upon its August 2020 release, garnering comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple and Taylor Swift.
Hawke – whose recurring role on Stranger Things has established her as a leading Gen Z talent – previewed the new album with the singles ‘Sweet Tooth’, and ‘Luna Moth’. Showing the versatility of her influences, the folky record was inspired by Taylor Swift’s Folklore, while ‘Thérèse’ was inspired by French artist Balthus’ 1938 painting of the same name.
Maya Hawke – ‘Luna Moth’
“This record is called Moss because I’ve been gathering a lot in the last few years,” Hawke said of the album ahead of its release. “Sitting still and collecting a green blanket of memories and feelings.”
Hawke, who’s the 24-year-old daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, said that by making Moss, she was pushing herself to get up and clear away the cobwebs. “It was the first step in untangling myself and really trying to look at the rock under the moss,” she said.
Written and recorded alongside Benjamin Lazar Davis (Joan as Police Woman), Christian Lee Hutson (Phoebe Bridgers) and Will Graefe (Okkervil River), Moss is described as a “meditation on rebirth and acceptance”. Notably, the album arrives just one week after Decide by Djo, the musical moniker of Hawke’s Stranger Things co-star Joe Keery.