Hazel English is a Bay Area-based artist who makes really beautiful lo-fi pop music in debt DIY and shoe-gaze greats and drawing comaprisons to everyone from Alvvays to touring partners’ Ride, but with a soaring, hypnotic melodic sense that’s drawn comaprisons with contemporaires like Grimes.
Hazel has been making waves online, her video for the song I’m Fine was #1 most blogged topic and #1 on HypeMachine, and also featured on Pharell Williams Beats show.
With the help of her producer Day Wave’s Jackson Philips, they collectively head San Franscisco’s current lofi indie explosion. We’re just about to get started on her first proper release -a 5-track EP called ‘Never Going Home’- but she’s already clocked up well over a million plays by herself as an unsigned artist on soundcloud and has never been far from the top end of Hype Machine without so much as a single press release.
The summery-sounding title track announces English’s exciting new presence as a songwriter. Brisk drum work and a ringing guitar melody propel the song forward while English’s hazy vocals infuse it with refreshing sincerity and an aching, yearning sweetness.
Speaking about “Never Going Home”, English states: “The song is about moving overseas, the feeling of being drawn to California, and really finding myself here.”
Never Going Home
Make It Better
It’s Not Real
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