hazel english – “i’m fine”

– featured image courtesy of julie juarez –

the weathered photo that adorns the cover of hazel english’s debut ep, never going home, is a perfect visual extension of her meticulously-crafted aural aesthetic.  last year’s trio of demos – produced in conjunction with fellow oakland resident jackson phillips, aka day wave – were warm, hazy exercises in restraint; after nearly a year away, english picks right back up where she left off with “i’m fine,” her first single of 2016.

nary a drum beat can be found on “i’m fine,” with bass lines and sequenced synthesizer arpeggios instead alternately filling the rhythm role.  this intimate, stripped-down structure is augmented by english’s lead vocal, doused in reverb and hoisted above a sturdy, guitar-driven foundation to deliver its ever-so-poignant message.

“i’m fine” will appear on never going home, which is due out october 7th via house anxiety/marathon artists.  take a listen below.

listen to a new song from hazel english

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photo courtesy of brandon c. long

if the production on hazel english’s new single sounds somewhat familiar, that’s because it probably is.  jackson phillips, the creative force behind day wave, teams with his fellow oakland resident for “fix,” a warm slice of nostalgia that fits perfectly into the earliest days of autumn.  the song blends english’s bleary vocals with phillips’ signature combination of single-note guitar lines and simple drum programming well, but “fix” really comes into its own towards the end, as it slows to a half-time feel to allow english’s cries of “i want to feel alive” to take on a more melancholic quality.  take a listen below.