So much music nowadays tries to use gaudy production to convey emotion, but very little of it is as effective as a song like Hazel English‘s “Fix.” With nothing but lo-fi guitars and her own ethereal vocals, English’s sound transports you somewhere warm and nostalgic that you’ll want desperately to return to when the track wraps up.
The singer, now based in Oakland but originally from Australia, has a haunting, timeless presence in the booth. “Fix” is a record you could have dug up in your attic, but its subtle melancholy synths also give it an undeniably current feeling. When English sings, “I wanna feel alive” on the hook her longing is so raw and apparent that it’s difficult to not echo her sentiment.
She had a hit with “Never Going Home” a few months ago, and while her discography is short “Fix” affirms that English is one of the most mesmerizing figures in the indie pop landscape. Listen below.