Rising Folk Star Hazlett Releases New Song “Mama’s Boy”; New EP Goodbye To The Valley Low Out December 8
September 29, 2023 BY Emma Orland
Following a successful recent UK/EU tour, playing packed-out shows alongside Wild Rivers and Josiah & The Bonnevilles, rising Australian-born, Stockholm-based indie-folk artist Hazlett has today announced details of his upcoming EP Goodbye to the Valley Low, out 8th December.
Produced by long-time collaborator Freddy Alexander, the new record 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. “…I feel you only get that one chance to do the ‘lock yourself in a cabin and make something’ kind of body of work,” he explained.
Accompanying the announcement, Hazlett has shared a beautiful dreamlike video for new track “Mama’s Boy” which was filmed in the Swedish countryside. You can watch the video here and stream the track here.
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“Even the kind ones can break your heart. But for some reason it hurts more,” Hazlett explains of the meaning behind the song. “There’s something disarming about a nice person, you build them up in your head that they can do no wrong and the minute they do it stones you. We don’t bat an eye at the scumbags and lowlifes when they cross us, we almost expect it from them. Maybe it’s because of the sincerity we dress the “good ones” in, maybe it’s our own fault or maybe at the end of the day people are just going to be people.”
“Mama’s Boy” follows on from previous singles “Blame the Moon” and “Missionary Feelings”, which have garnered support from the likes of triple j, alexrainbirdMusic, Spotify, The Line of Best Fit, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, and more.
GOODBYE TO THE VALLEY LOW EP TRACKLISTING
Blame the Moon
The indie songwriter 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’ 3 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.”
Even though the nerves never quite go away, there’s this newfound quiet confidence to the troubadour from the land down under. You may not have met, but sometimes when you’re listening to Hazlett he feels like the only friend you’ve ever had.