EIGHT THOUSAND BIRDS is an alt-pop band based out of Johannesburg and Vancouver.
Hayley Chewins and Alejandro Zarazua met in September 2021 when Alejandro posted on a forum looking for a vocalist. Hayley responded and sent him a few crackly voice notes of improvised melodies. She’s been sending him crackly voice notes ever since.
Their debut EP, Turn Again and Come Back, is an electronic singer-songwriter project that blends personal lyrics and lush, eerie melodies with elements of folk and pop.
Hayley and Alejandro have never actually met because Hayley lives in South Africa and Alejandro, who is originally from Mexico, lives in Canada.
One day they'll meet in person. Until then, they’ll keep making music.
Photos by Ale Fragoso