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Hazel Mills

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Amid an angular web of bubble wrap and bottle cap beats, Bristol musician and former student of the classical avant-garde, Hazel Mills, plays her looper like a beloved old parlour piano, fluidly flexing across its array of dials, faders and footswitches. Her immaculate poise and posture is only outshone by the beguiling layers of vintage organ tones, wonky pianos, junk shop percussion and haunting vocal loops she creates. Whether playing solo or with her band, her live shows leave audiences mesmerised.

Her new mini-album, White Rabbit (Xpress Records), melds the darker side of 60’s psychedelia, 50’s sci-fi electronics and spaghetti western fuzz with her soaring vocals and layered loops, sounding like the bastard spawn of Grace Slick and the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop. The follow up to her 2007 debut, Butterfly, also produced and co-written by TJ Allen (AKA Aesoteric), was recorded in the sweeping hills of the Welsh countryside at Rockfield Studios and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road during summer 2009 with engineer Michael Boddy, bassist Bradley Hemsell (Brenda, Olmec Diagram), drummer Jim Davey (ex-Halo) and multi-instrumentalist Greg Stoddard.

White Rabbit draws influence from a wide spectrum of the arts – German expressionist film, the primal choreography of Mary Wigman, and innovative artists like The Velvet Underground, Fifty Foot Hose, Grizzly Bear and Nick Cave.

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