Blake Hazard is excited to announce the November 3 release of a new album, Possibilities At Sea. Today she shares the first single, “This Heart” of which she notes, “‘This Heart’ is nostalgic both in feel and theme, but it’s not at all downtrodden. It’s a hopeful and timeless sort of song, inspired by a love for the music of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, old films, Woody Allen – charming scenes that aren’t at all twee. It’s tricky to write a simple happy song, never wanting to fall into a trite expression of love – but being both earnest and light at the same time is a sort of ideal to me…and that’s the place I think ‘This Heart’ finds. This song seemed to sort of write itself one early evening, like it was just there all along.”
To celebrate the release of Possibilities At Sea Hazard will be playing a record release show at The Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles on November 4. Tickets are available here.
Blake spent the first part of 2017 releasing a series of singles and remixes – “Before The Ice,” “Oh Anatolia,” and “Hey.” Along the way she garnered accolades from the likes of Flaunt who labeled her “the quintessentially rootless musician, a true citizen of the world” and Blackbook who noted her “ability to marry sweetness and melancholy in a genuinely affecting and visceral way.” Flood said she “tantalizes.” Previously KCRW has said her music “spans from pop bliss to a raw mood and vision” and Under The Radar has hailed its “raw, meditative reflection.”
Possibilities At Sea is the follow up to Blake’s solo debut The Eleanor Islands.Following that album’s release Hazard found herself somewhat adrift. She decamped from her homebase of Los Angeles for Istanbul and after a year of living there she returned to Los Angeles with new energy and something to say about love and hope .
The songs came slowly at first, but after connecting with friend and producer Thom Monahan (Wild Nothing, Vetiver) and setting a date to record in Blake’s dream scenario – mostly live on a studio floor with a band of relative strangers – the songs came in a torrent. Blake says, “I’ve always wished I could write that way – songs that people say ‘write themselves.’ Songwriting has always been far more arduous for me, but somehow these songs just kept appearing. They came so quickly and somehow so confidently that I didn’t question it.”
Thom and Blake took the tracks back to his home studio and finished the recording there, bringing in a few guest players and singers. In the end, this approach yielded a collection of vintage tinged tunes with a kind of mellow glow. Hazard says, “I’ve never felt simultaneously more calm and more excited as I have while recording these singles. I’d been in such a place of sadness and loss and came out of it wanting to help everyone else through whatever hard times they might be going through. It might sound silly, but, I wanted to be that voice you need to hear telling you everything’s going to be ok. I believe in you, and you will always be loved.”