I first saw High Hazels last summer, when they supported Hey Sholay at the EP launch of Cloud, Castle, _____. Since then, I’ve stumbled across this young band at Tramlines and #NotDriving events, and I’ve always been impressed by the boys’ integrity and sincerity.

Signing to Heist or Hit Records last summer, this charming young band have plans to release their debut EP in April, just before they begin a UK tour with steadfast friends The Crookes. It looks like 2014 will be a busy year for these boys and I wish them every success.

‘Summer Rain’ is the first single from the forthcoming EP (titled In the Half Light) and its music video was published a couple of weeks ago. Sticking with what they do best, this song is filled with warmth from its romantic lyrics and guitar chimes, creating a sense of nostalgia in something brand new. The rich melodies are so inviting that you’ll want to listen to it again and again.

The story itself is more melancholic, with lyrics describing the loss of a relationship and the feelings of helplessness as the person you care about walks away. “Haunted by a place I’ve never been” is probably something we can all relate to in this world of wistful imagination –  we’ll always long for things we’ve never experienced, so why can’t we be haunted by them, too? Our fears can manifest just as our dreams do.

“I was sleeping, dreaming of you with another,” offers insight to the problem at hand: a lost love. The sadness is all too apparent and the narrator seems almost accepting of his fate. His sweetheart has moved away and he is left yearning for a time that may or may not have existed. Memories are funny old things, aren’t they?
Simply put: ‘Summer Rain’ is a beautiful song that weaves its way into your heart, leaving a dull ache of sadness and an urge to press “play” again.

You can watch ‘Summer Rain’ music video below:

In The Half Light EP (featuring ‘Summer Rain’) will be available on 10” Vinyl and digital download from 7th April 2014.

LIVE
11th April – SHEFFIELD Queen’s Social Club

TOUR w/The Crookes
15th April – NOTTINGHAM – Bodega
16th April – LEEDS – The Cockpit
17th April – NEWCASTLE – Cluny 2
18th April – GLASGOW – King Tut’s
19th April – HULL – The Adelphi
22nd April – MANCHESTER – Sound Control
23rd April – BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds
24th April – STOKE – Sugarmill
25th April – BATH – Moles CANCELLED
26th April – SOUTHAMPTON – Lennons
27th April – BRISTOL – Thekla
28th April – BRIGHTON – The Hope
29th April – LONDON CAMDEN – Dingwalls
31st May – SHEFFIELD – Leadmill

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