Rising folk star Hazlett releases new single “Slow Running” taken from his upcoming new EP Goodbye to the Valley Low out December 8th via Nettwerk.
“Slow Running” is an exciting addition to Hazlett’s already stellar catalogue, a serene soundscape that seamlessly blends feather-light guitars with Hazlett’s harmonious vocals to deliver a soothing slice of ambient folk.
Hazlett on the track: “When the going’s good and all is well it usually means there’s a strange little thought that wonders how long is it going to last. Maybe we’ve all grown too cynical, thinking the good times are never going to last or we’ve stumbled into a strange emotional evolution. Before anything has a chance to hurt us we’ve already prepared for the ghost. Bunkered down in our thoughts and vivid imaginations of what might come and what might not ever be.”
Following the release of his debut album, out earlier this year and fresh off the back of a hugely successful UK/EU tour with Wild Rivers and Josiah & The Bonnevilles, the Australian-born, Sweden-based Hazlett returns on December 8th with Goodbye to the Valley Low – a stunning six-track EP of delicate indie-folk brimming with personal anecdotes and showcasing the polished introspective song writing that’s already won him an army of fans.
Produced by long-time collaborator Freddy Alexander, the EP was made in an off-grid cabin on the west coast of Sweden and sees Hazlett going back to his roots with a more stripped-back and rawer sound. Featuring the previous singles “Blame The Moon,”, “Missionary Feelings” and “Mama’s Boy” the EP also comes with unreleased tracks, “Cemetery” and “Stolen Seasons.”
Indie songwriter Hazlett was born and raised in Australia but if the past few years are anything to go by, he’s very much bloomed in Sweden. An old friend, one big break-up and playing Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ three times a night was the unplanned cocktail of moments that saw him throw adulthood to the wayside and venture to the other side of the world.
A pocket full of nerves and a tangled mess of memories became the start of Hazlett’s unique brand of “Indie Ballroom Folk”. But everything crystallised one summer in Stockholm after finding the fabled collaborator chemistry in now close friend Freddy Alexander. A lot has changed since then and what started as a way for him to “figure out some things in his head…” has now become a whole world of music and beautiful details to move through. Emphasised by the release of his debut album Bloom Mountain in early 2023.
His propensity for figuring things out himself and turning chaos into some kind of nostalgic lesson hasn’t gone unnoticed either, with The Line of Best Fit noting that “Hazlett is offering up a hazy, textured version of the classic singer-songwriter sound.” Praise also comes from the likes of Americana UK, NME, Atwood Magazine and CLASH, who called Hazlett “A potent song writing voice.”
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