Hazel English – “Off My Mind”
Hazel English, who despite her name is an Australian who lives in America, became an Artist To Watch in these pages four years ago thanks to gleaming guitar-pop songs that applied a ’60s sensibility to more recent-vintage indie fare like Beach Fossils and DIIV. She has continued to refine her sound since then while maintaining its core tenets, matching indelible melodies with crisp yet dreamy production. That tendency continued on last fall’s grand return “Shaking,” which unsurprisingly now turns out to be our first preview of English’s new album.
For her forthcoming Wake Up!, English worked with a pair of production heavy hitters, Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira, Kim Gordon) and Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Washed Out, Neon Indian). Its second single, out today, is called “Off My Mind.” In a press release, English says the song is “about feeling stuck in a situation but too afraid to make a move. It’s about the limbo state between where you are and where you want to be.” On YouTube, she adds, “For ‘Off My Mind’ I made a video using archival footage. I wanted to juxtapose scenes of mundane and repetitive activity with moments of pure joy and spontaneity to show the value of creating authentic experiences in our own lives.”
Watch the “Off My Mind” video below.
01 “Born Like”
03 “White Noise”
04 “Off My Mind”
06 “Five And Dime”
07 “Like A Drug”
09 “Milk And Honey”
10 “Work It Out”
Wake Up! is out 4/24 via Marathon/Polyvinyl. Pre-order it here.