Introducing: Hazel English

Hazel EnglishWith a sound driven by reverberated guitars and faint vocals, Hazel English is one of many contemporary acts trying to bring dream pop back to basics.

Although she was born in Australia, Hazel studied abroad in Oakland, California, and decided to relocate there in order to launch her musical career. Last year she released the critically acclaimed EP Never Going Home on House Anxiety / Marathon Artists, in which she staves off melancholy with nothing but the soothing warmth of her voice. Though she's been releasing music for a very short time, Hazel has already had an underground hit with her debut EP’s title track; built around a dreamy guitar riff, the blissful “Never Going Home” has received praise from several music publications, and become a minor YouTube sensation.

Her music, particularly in early tracks like “Fix”, embraces a low-key spirit reminiscent of some dream pop acts from the beginning of this decade - think of Wild Nothing’s debut album without muddled vocals, or the very first Best Coast recordings before they went full power pop. However, her main influences all come from the 80s - you can definitely hear Cocteau Twins in her voice, paired with the gentle instrumentation from The Cure’s dreamiest era. Now part of a four-piece band, Hazel is soon embarking on a US tour, and already has a new batch of songs to be added to her repertoire. Just a few weeks ago, she debuted the gorgeous “More Like You” in KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, so we should expect a new Hazel English release this year - fingers crossed.

Find out more about Hazel English, and listen to the dreamy "Never Going Home" below.

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