Single Review: Hazlett – Bones Shake

Australian-born, Sweden-based singer-songwriter Hazlett has released his new single Bones Shake.

Bones Shake is lo-fi and melancholic with an intro of electronically manipulated guitars that sound as haunting as they are enthralling. Hazlett’s signature gruff vocal sets the scene as he croons “pick your poison, one day they’ll stop calling. Burn my ego, my friends are more than people.” The minimal guitar plucks and stripped back melody allow the honey tones of Hazlett’s vocal to really shine through on the chorus, punctuated with soaring, goosebump-inducing harmonies. The song’s ambience induces the feeling of being swept away in a reverie and there’s a slight Americana-inspired sound to the guitars with their warm undertones. All the elements come together beautifully in the final chorus which springs to life in a flourish of guitar twangs and a beat that makes you stand to attention. Bones Shake is a triumphant track and leaves you yearning to hear more from this rising star.

When speaking of Bones Shake, Hazlett said “I think running away gets a bit of a bad name. I think it’s near impossible to clarify exactly where things went wrong or how to fix them when you’re sitting in the mess you made. Whether it’s time or distance, sometimes the further you get away the clearer it all becomes to piece things together and make your comeback.”

Hazlett’s move to Stockholm led to him to meet Freddy Alexander who became a close friend and collaborator and who went on to produce his debut EP Goodbye to the Valley Low. Hazlett’s received praise from NME, Clash and The Line of Best Fit, has toured North America with LANY and is heading out on tour supporting Calum Scott this April, Ocie Elliott in May and June and Passenger in June. Hazlett’s debut album Bloom Mountain was released last year and received positive support from The Line of Best Fit and Atwood Magazine.

Bones Shake is available to stream now. Find out more about Hazlett here and have a listen to Bones Shake below.

Image credit: Kyle Dobie


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