2 x EP release 'Just Give In / Never Going Home' – released via Marathon Artists’ imprint House Anxiety, is a startling collection, compiling her debut EP alongside six new tracks to create her first full LP-length release. The ‘Never Going Home’ side combines the hazy, direct songs that have helped Hazel rise to prominence, while the ‘Just Give In’ side documents her blossoming creative partnership with her producer, Day Wave. It’s a meeting of minds that’s helped forge this essential debut collection. Each song sports a timeless, sun kissed aesthetic, but Hazel’s direct style and pop sensibility take things to another level.
Hazel moved to Oakland to study creative writing, transferring from her native Melbourne. She didn’t know she’d stay there, or indeed that she’d find the tight-knit musical community that thrives there, but she was drawn to something about the place – a connection. Given the time and space to make music in her new home, she took a casual approach to working with Day Wave, even as debut track ‘Never Going Home’ racked up millions of plays online. Picking lyrics from her journal entries and jotting down ideas on a reel-to-reel tape recorder, this simple but personal approach worked wonders.