Indie-folk artist Hazlett’s ‘Oh Downhill’ out today, shares poignant video￼
September 23, 2022 BY Jason Currell
Today the rising Stockholm-based musician Hazlett drops his newest release Oh Downhill via Nettwerk, which is Side A of his upcoming first full-length album, due out in the new year. Listen to it here and below:
Oh Downhill features the singles ‘Please Don’t Be’, ‘Even If It’s Only’, ‘My Skin’, and ‘Everybody Hates Me’. To celebrate the release today, Hazlett has released adeeply poignant video (directed by Maren Langer) for the title track. Watch it below.
“I don’t know what is ingrained in human nature that makes us run back to things that are bad for us, people that don’t like us or compare ourselves to strangers’ lives,” Hazlett said of the track. “When you look back after a moment like this happens it’s so confusing. ‘Makes no sense why I cared about you’. But in that moment, it’s all you can care about and all you can focus on. This song is a little homage to this broken little world we are all trying to swim in.”
Oh Downhill [tracklist]:
1. Please Don’t Be
2. Even If It’s Lonely
3. My Skin
4. Everybody Hates Me
5. Oh Downhill
Hazlett’s brand of ballroom indie folk and vast nostalgia will fill your heart but let you cry. Born in Australia, bloomed in Sweden, this modern-day nomad has been earning a place in punters’ hearts with his live appearances and fondness of an intriguing story. From his stunning 2017 debut EP Honey, Where Is My Home to the dream-induced 2020 follow-up Thundering Hopes, Hazlett has an affinity for dancing the line of “my life is a mess” to “everything happens for a reason” and making you feel a part of it all. This has led to him being featured in key tastemaker press such as NME, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, Atwood, Music Feeds to name just a few. With the rising musician currently working on more brand-new material for his upcoming full-length album debut with Nettwerk, it’s clear Hazlett is weaving his way to something bigger.
After ghostwriting and playing in various rhythm sections for most of his formative years, the shy guy from Brisbane found a creative home in the farthest of places, Sweden. Hazlett packed up his things and now resides in Stockholm where his solo project was founded with the help of close friend and producer Freddy Alexander. Writing with his gut and heart like a troubadour of old and combining it with the modern sonic landscape that dances in his head things are blooming in his new-found home in the Northern Hemisphere. Hazlett’s has so far released two well received EPs, toured across Europe, Australia and grew a close-knit family of people he trusts in his adopted home. “As much as Hazlett is me, I think anything good in life is better when you let people in”. With that team spirit in mind, they all made the decision at the start of the pandemic in 2020 to pause everything, bunker down and work on Hazlett’s first full-length album which is set to be released on his new label home Nettwerk.