Undeterred by the closure of music studios due to COVID-19, 18 year old, solo shoegazer Josh Hazelden defied expectations by recording his unbelievably professional sounding debut album, ‘Without Balance’, entirely through his iPhone during the height of the national lockdown in 2020.
After gaining support from BBC Introducing and having signed a deal with Novium Records, Josh returns to form with new lofi indie-rock/shoegaze follow-up track ’Transparent’, which impressively has once again been recorded through his iPhone.
Underlined by delicate, considered drum patterns ‘Transparent’ effortlessly delivers a dream-like soundscape utilising relaxed, playful guitar riffs, which evolve with fluidity as the track becomes ever more layered and dynamic as it progresses. Managing to locate the perfect balance between melancholia and optimism, the pretty nature of the instrumentation perfectly synergises with Josh’s downplayed vocal stylings, elevating the track with a cool air of nonchalance, whilst landing in a similar vein to other artists such as King Krule.
In regards to the meaning of the track, Josh states that “’Transparent’ is about attempting to help someone overcome their fear of vulnerability and trying to understand why they’re so afraid of it”, which seems like an increasingly apt message for the tumultuous present.
‘Transparent’ comes as a part of a slew of new music from Josh, set to be released through Novium Records, marking him as one to pay close attention to.