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Hazel Mills

Hazel Mills

Hazel Mills


Amid an angular web of bubble wrap and bottle cap beats, Bristol musician and former student of the classical avant-garde, Hazel Mills, plays her looper like a beloved old parlour piano, fluidly flexing across its array of dials, faders and footswitches. Her immaculate poise and posture is only outshone by the beguiling layers of vintage organ tones, wonky pianos, junk shop percussion and haunting vocal loops she creates. Whether playing solo or with her band, her live shows leave audiences mesmerised. Read more on Last.fm
Amid an angular web of bubble wrap and bottle cap beats, Bristol musician and former student of the classical avant-garde, Hazel Mills, plays her looper like a beloved old parlour piano, fluidly flexing across its array of dials, faders and footswitches. Her immaculate poise and posture is only outshone by the beguiling layers of vintage organ tones, wonky pianos, junk shop percussion and haunting vocal loops she creates. Whether playing solo or with her band, her live shows leave audiences mesmerised. Her new mini-album, White Rabbit (Xpress Records), melds the darker side of 60’s psychedelia, 50’s sci-fi electronics and spaghetti western fuzz with her soaring vocals and layered loops, sounding like the bastard spawn of Grace Slick and the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop. The follow up to her 2007 debut, Butterfly, also produced and co-written by TJ Allen (AKA Aesoteric), was recorded in the sweeping hills of the Welsh countryside at Rockfield Studios and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road during summer 2009 with engineer Michael Boddy, bassist Bradley Hemsell (Brenda, Olmec Diagram), drummer Jim Davey (ex-Halo) and multi-instrumentalist Greg Stoddard. White Rabbit draws influence from a wide spectrum of the arts – German expressionist film, the primal choreography of Mary Wigman, and innovative artists like The Velvet Underground, Fifty Foot Hose, Grizzly Bear and Nick Cave.

From the Delia Derbyshire-style beats and warm pulsing Mellotron of ‘See You Running’, through to the clattering rhythms and Bad Seed-sleaze of ‘Eyelashes’, the record sways balefully between dark and light, drawing to a devastatingly nauseous crescendo with new live favourite, ‘Less Haste, More Speed’. Hazel’s visual approach to performance stems from an early love of theatre and 1960s Experimental Art Music. A decade and a half of classical training had left her frustrated with the limitations of traditional musical theory, but whilst studying at university, she discovered more leftfield risk-taking composers such as Morton Feldman and Terry Riley. Intrigued by Feldman’s spontaneity and the hypnotic repetition of Riley’s work, she specialised in 20th Century Experimentalism and graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Performing and Visual Arts. Alongside her own work, in late 2007 Hazel was approached by Andy Mackay of Roxy Music to join his new project, The Metaphors. She spent much of 2008 recording and touring with the “Avant Garde supergroup”, which also features Roxy drummer The Great Paul Thompson, renowned harpist Julia Thornton and TJ Allen on guitar and laptop.

Their debut album London! New York! Paris! Rome! (Metaphoric) recorded at Real World and produced by TJ Allen and Michael Boddy, was released in February 2009 to critical acclaim. "...nothing short of phenomenal." (KGRL Radio’s No.1 Artist To Watch Out For in 2008) “…richly detailed, intelligent, beautifully-voiced dark moody pop songs…Spot on production, spot on everything.” (Organ Magazine) "...engrossing and enthralling..." (NM Promotions) "…a musical complexity beyond the aptitude of most artists." (BristolRocks.com) “From piano-dominated wig-out 'Sense of Smell' to the flowingly spare, almost Michael Nyman-like opening to 'Give Away', the EP holds a good deal of supremely well played sophisti-pop. Many are the acts who'd proudly mark it down as a career's high watermark.” (Venue Magazine) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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