7/10 Mike Staff review, 07 April 2014
Here's a chimey bit of Smiths-inspired indie pop from Sheffield hopefuls High Hazels, an earnest concoction with soaring vocals and restrained twinkly reverb-laden guitar hooks and a hazy '60sish shuffle which heads into Shadows territory on sensitive ballad 'Winter Song' which plods on for slightly too long.
Over on the other side 'Summer Rain' picks up the pace, falling somewhere between Deerhunter haziness and a '90s pop clarity that really reminds me of James. Dramatic and catchy but economically arranged. Finally 'Loose Stitches' takes things down into sleepy Shadowsy mode again.
Now that I've noticed the James similarity it's hard not to ignore how much the singer sounds like Tim Booth, I don't know if it's the voice or the phrasing but they sound very similar.
Be the first customer to review 'In The Half Light' by High Hazels. The best review each week wins a £10 voucher!
Related High Hazels vinyl & staff recommendations, etc.
Explore more artists related to High HazelsRelated artists data provided by the Spotify Web API.
Set up your email alerts
Enter your email address and choose the artists/labels you want to know about and we'll email you whenever new stuff from them arrives.
More reviews & updates
Send us your reviews to earn NormanPoints and more...
Unit 20, Croydon House,
LS11 9RT, UK.
Company number: 06789647
We're not your normal record shop...
Please note that whilst we're always happy to see you, we are not a normal record shop where you can come and browse the stacks.
There are no stacks.
Nope, instead we are basically a kind of crap lo-fi Argos for vinyl records. So, instead of trudging all the way to sunny Holbeck in anticipation of being able to flick through shelf after shelf of releases, please place your orders online first and use our 'In-store collect' option in the checkout.
Grab 1000 NormanPoints by signing up for our email alerts!
Sign up for our email alerts today and we'll add 1000 NormanPoints to your account. (You do have an account, right?)
NormanPoints can then be converted, at your leisure, into store credits.
How much are they worth? 1000 NormanPoints = £1. OK, so it won't pay your mortgage off...
Why sign up?
- All the latest news & reviews
- First dibs on certain exclusive records
- Advance warning of sales and promotions
- Twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
- Occasional extra updates
Related artist data is provided by Spotify. Why?
- They are much, much better at writing clever algorithms than us.
- They have much, much more data to set their algorithms on.
We think this is a better option than stinking up your browsing experience here on Norman Records with a crummy implementation of our own. (We only wish we were this clever: Artist Explorer.)
Spotify generate recommendations based on the listening patterns of their massive audience, so they are generally pretty good. The data does throw up some odd combinations though. So, if you do spot anything daft have a little chuckle at their robots but please don't contact us about it. There is nowt we can do.