Words: ROBIN MUMFORD
With a sweet yet sultry that gushes with luxury, Brisbane based Hazel Mei effortlessly blends indie pop with jazz and neo-soul across her back catalogue. No stranger to a brooding, transformative piece, her newest single ‘Golden Chains’ is filled with fire and resolve; Hazel Mei is here to talk about climate change.
The latest addition to Hazel’s growing repertoire is yet another example of her unique sound blending layers of piano, soulful vocals and subtle atmospherics before building into a dramatic, electrifying chorus.
A bond-esque track filled with gloomy angst, the climate change meaning adds depth to the already fathomless number. It possesses a strong message and immense commercial appeal while also managing to capture the essence of a raw and intensive live performance.
Speaking on the meaning of the single, Hazel said: "Golden Chains is a call to action for anyone who will listen and for myself. We can so easily fall into feeling powerless within these big issues. When I wrote the song, I felt broken, paralysed by the endless stream of bad news but the consuming and creating music and art in relation to climate change helped me feel motivated to educate myself on better daily practices, participate in productive conversations with friends and family as well as attend protests, sign petitions and contact local MPs to try to make change."
"Whilst the song is a reflection of me in a very angry place, I want the release to bring about positive conversations about how we can all play our part in building a future we can be proud of." Hazel says.
Striking the perfect balance between a familiar pop sound and something sharply unconventional, Hazel is an expert at crafting tracks which go deeper than just being a catchy tune. ‘Golden Chains’ is no different.
'Golden Chains' is out today on all major streaming platforms.