‘Joined At The Lip’ is the new single from Sheffield four-piece High Hazels. Their music expertly combines both great craftsmanship and attention to sonic detail, and this is no different.
“From the backwaters of my bloodstream / Nightmares play their violins every night for me” sings James Leesley over a swirling, translucent guitar. The chord changes instantly smother the listener in nostalgia. Chests automatically tighten and hearts pine, but what for, it isn’t completely clear. Maybe that is the song’s intention; after all, love often leaves people with the same feelings and often without explanation.
Leesley has said that Scott Walker’s music was a prominent force during the writing process, and his influence is especially clear in the dark, silky smooth vocals. The drums and bass hold down the fort in the verses to make sure the vocals and guitars keep their heads above water in the pool of reverb. The mood of the song is carried in the line, “Devotion flows so quick / But I’m designed to make the worst of it.” It’s a feeling that many can relate to, a feeling similar to being blindfolded and told to walk slowly forward.
This is a sublime example of indie-rock songwriting with a wonderfully dark twist that is all too rare to find at a standard this high.
‘Joined At The Lip’ is out now through Heist Or Hit. High Hazels will play a headline show on 17th December at The Leadmill in Sheffield.
Visit the band’s Website for more information.