September 15 2017
1. How Unlikely
2. Misty in the Morning
ABOUT THE RELEASE
Hazel is the debut EP from Los Angeles, CA-based singer-songwriter Sam Small. Recorded after-hours and overdub-free in a single night under mysterious circumstances, it’s a breathtakingly intimate, honest and simple piece of work that owes as much to Small’s personal experiences as to folk-music greats. Indeed, Hazel’s song cycle combines the delicacy of early Iron and Wine with the magical realism of psychedelic-era Bob Dylan. And all this without unnecessary tinkering, pontificating or horsing around in the studio.
Beyond its one-and-done recording process, Hazel was written in tribute to a titular “wildly magical woman” and Small’s affection for her. Opening track “How Unlikely” describes the beginning of this relationship with candidness and heart, and title track “Hazel” seems to float the thought that eternal worship and going steady aren’t mutually exclusive concepts. And it all culminates in stunning album closer “Uncertain”, which poses the Sacred Question of all relationships – hey, who’s got the upper hand here?
And that’s the axis that Hazel balances on, from track one to the whooping, hollering harmonica solo that ends the whole shebang. It’s a beautifully sung and played five-song ode to being stupefied, befuddled and in love. Play it loud and then play it again.