25 Feb Trading Tunes with Hazel English

Hazel English grew up in Sydney before moving to Melbourne for a few years. She now resides in San Francisco with her live band, while trying to break into the US market. She caught our attention last year with ‘Fix’. Which has gone on to hit over 300K listens on SoundCloud. Hazel English fits into the dream-pop genre, but she has so far, managed to consistently impressive us with melodies that pop out at you, rather than put you in a lull.

She has a nine track album coming out soon and we may see her hopefully back in Australia at the end of the 2016. Until then have a read and listen to some of her current favourite Australian tunes.

Upcoming shows:
Opening for Quilt on the 23rd of March at The Independent in San Francisco.

Yeo – ‘Icarus’

“This song is very addictive. I could listen to it on repeat for hours. Such a good hook and I can’t help but dance every time I hear it.”

Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’

“Not sure I even need to explain why this song is so good, pretty sure everyone gets it. The fact that I don’t even notice it’s over 7 minutes long is testament to that.”

Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

“This song is beautifully hypnotic and fragile. I’m a fan of Simon’s other projects and I will devour anything he creates – I really like his songwriting style.”

Banoffee – ‘Got It’

“I really like the rhythm of this song and the unconventional melody – it’s very catchy but in an unusual way.”

Peppermint Cloud Club – ‘Young Lovers’

“Beautiful and sparse, reminds me of one of my favourite musicians S. Carey. Love those harmonies too.”

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25 Sep Hazel English – ‘Fix’

I was going to say that Hazel English sounds like a female version of Craft Spells, and then I saw that, fittingly, she opened for them less than two weeks ago. The Oakland-via-Australia songwriter is set to release her debut EP and, based on the three singles I’ve heard – ‘Never Going Home‘, ‘It’s Not Real‘, and now ‘Fix‘ – the EP is going to be highly addictive.

The first two singles drew from bands such as Beach Fossils and Seapony, both of which are guilty pleasures of mine. Hazel English brings (a little) more clarity than those two to the vocals, but it’s more that her lyrics are less vague and soaked in reverb. Each song has a clear message or motive behind it.

‘Fix’ in particular isn’t hiding behind uncertainty or clustered thoughts, and the layers disperse to reveal a certain honesty when she sings “I more than feel alright”. The mood is dreamy, but these aren’t the dreams you have when you’re trying to escape reality – these are the dreams you have when you’re happy. Hazel English makes happy dreams.

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