Review - High Hazels 'Joined at the Lip'
Joined at the Lip presents 3 minutes and 37 seconds of unadulterated haze and swooning melody. By the third or fourth listen you realise what a departure for the band this is. High Hazels have proven here you can change your sound, whilst retaining an initial identity. Their trademark cutting, yet woefully crooned lyrics remain however and you can’t help but be captivated by singer James Leesley’s confession that “Nightmares play their violins every night for me”. But there is a new found maturity to this record that wasn’t there before.
The track would sit perfectly next to Beach House on a Submarine-esque break up mix tape. Mazzy Star and Slowdive also come to mind and it’s definitely a brave, Clarks Original clad, foot in the right direction away from previously constricting Smiths comparisons. It’s no wonder that Mr. James Skelly has hand-picked them to open for The Coral in Leeds next month, a man gaining a reputation for unearthing diamonds in the saturated musical rough.
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