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Hazel English | Camp Howard | Cyborg Justice

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Hazel English (Oakland, CA *House Anxiety / Marathon Artists / Polyvinyl)

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Following a hugely successful 2016, which saw her play to sold out crowds in the UK, North America and Australia, 26 year old indie sensation Hazel English is releasing a new 2xEP titled Just Give In / Never Going Home, compiling her debut EP alongside six new tracks to make her first full LP-length release.

The Never Going Home side combines the hazy, direct songs that have helped Hazel rise to prominence this past year, while the Just Give In side documents her blossoming creative partnership with Jackson Phillips (aka Day Wave).

Both musicians met when Hazel was working in a local book shop. Jackson popped by on his way to get a synth repaired, and the two got talking about music, before deciding to collaborate. It’s a meeting of minds that’s helped forge this essential debut collection.

Each song sports a timeless, sun-kissed aesthetic that you might expect from Bay Area-based creatives, but Hazel’s direct style and pop sensibility take things to another level.

A traveler itching to see new places, Hazel first found Oakland on a trip away from her native Australia. It only took a few days to convince her this could be her new home. Shortly after, while studying creative writing in Melbourne, Australia, she had the option to study abroad.

She didn’t know she’d stay here, or indeed that she’d find the tight-knit musical community that thrives in the Bay Area, but she was drawn to something unexplainable about the place – a connection: “I thought I was just gonna go for six months, but I got connected with the musicians and felt like a really strong part of the community. So it felt like home. That vibe really made me feel like I could be whoever I wanted to be, I could try whatever I wanted to do.”

Given the time and space to make music in her new home, she took a casual approach to working with Phillips, even as debut track “Never Going Home” racked up millions of plays online. “We were just kind of taking our time. Over the span of a year, whenever we could we’d go and work on something.” Picking lyrics from her journal entries and jotting down ideas on a reel-toreel tape recorder, this simple but personal approach worked wonders.

In other hands, you could imagine these songs being direct, shiny chart smashes. It’s not inconceivable to envisage the world’s biggest stars flocking to Hazel for the perfect hook. Plenty of these arrive on Just Give In / Never Going Home. The glistening “Birthday” captures summertime melancholy with smart precision, new single “Fix” flips excess on its head, while “It’s Not Real” is a brilliantly stark account of how the mind plays tricks on you.

Closing song “That Thing” is an exciting outlier on the release. A perfectly-paced collision of stirring synths and circuiting basslines, it sees her working with Justin Raisen, a deskman described as Ariel Rechtshaid’s protégé, with production credits including Angel Olsen’s sensational ‘My Woman’, as well as Sky Ferreira and Charli XCX. Although this shift in direction could remain a complete one-off in Hazel’s back catalogue (“I just want it to feel like a standalone song, not paving the way for what’s gonna happen next”), it’s further proof that she can work magic in different territories.

There’s no guessing which direction future material will strive towards, but virtually nothing seems off limits. In turn, this double EP doesn’t just serve to document Hazel’s more-thanpromising first steps – it suggests that whatever’s next round the corner will be the making of a star.


Camp Howard (Richmond, VA *Egghunt Records*)

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Camp Howard announce the Juice EP, share the title track — listen (Consequence of Sound)

Creativity is a funny little thing. Sometimes you can set out intending to do one thing, but find your work take on a life of its own to end up somewhere else entirely. Such is the case with “Juice”, the title track off Camp Howard’s forthcoming EP.

In fact, the song’s writer, bassist Wes Parker, goes so far as to say the track “feels like an accident.” As Parker explains to Consequence of Sound, “My boo (Farrah Fox) and I decided we were gonna make a short film or something. We were walking the dog and I started coming up with what I said was gonna be the soundtrack. Got home, laid in bed, and made this 30-second, electronic, Grimes rip-off tune. We never ended up making the film so I just posted some mashed-up iPhone footage with the song in the background on Instagram.”

“The rest of the guys in Camp Howard heard it and someone suggested half-jokingly we work it out as a band,” Parker continues. “So I went up in my room and got on my computer and figured out how to play everything on guitar. That’s the sound: electronic music played on real instruments… ‘Juice’ end up as an ode to the house I grew up in with my dad, and the times spent there.”

The track is an effortlessly chilled out groove of indie pop, built firmly on top of Parker’s bassline. It serves as the introduction to Camp Howard’s latest effort, the Juice EP. Set for a May 12th release from EggHunt Records, you can preview the EP by checking out the title track below.


Cyborg Justice (Norfolk, VA)

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Synthy indie darlings from the Wolves Den incubator


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