Andy C. Jenkins: Hazel Woods

Andy C. Jenkins: Hazel Woods

Out Now! Released: March 31st, 2015

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"Hazel Woods" Single: Two mid-fi cosmopolitan country-soul tracks that stick in your gut and get to your heart. Satisfying and carefree with a bit of cosmic heaviness.

About each track:

Hazel Woods” - There is a certain casual air to these recordings, but the songs don’t register as off-the-cuff, deep melodies and well-worn phrases expertly situated in a country rock shrine. The track is both a sly nod to the mustachioed cult producer slash Nancy Sinatra companion and a nervous reading of the depressing natural order of things, smiling entropy in the empty canyon. It could also be taken as a sincere exhortation to read, a message that wouldn’t feel out of place on one of those posters at the ends of library shelves. A catchy chorus delivered with economy and discernment. Jenkins composed this song in one day to submit to an internet radio program which aired in Japan from the Nara prefectural library in 2014.

Ascendant Hog” - The flip side, a syrupy ode to the chemical mysteries of love and the dark intoxication of feelings, sung by a narrator, who remains by most accounts, very sober. A strange vocal bridge breaks up the symmetrical affair, dishing out a dirty moment of Beach Boys saltwater bliss. The chorus is impossibly catchy. The mood is good and strong.

Lyrics:

Hazel Woods:
Beneath the spreading hazel wood, I lay me down to sleep
It all ended like I knew it would when the shadows came to creep
The day had sprawled all about in a lazy attitude
If I get some rest before I wake, I’ll be doing pretty good

Man, I would love to finish the book, but I still have pages and pages of lines
Time sends out a withering look, but I pay it no mind
God, it’s a drag to figure it out, but what else can I do?
Nothing whatever, but to read for my pleasure, as the light passes through

Above the rippled walnut tops, I listen to the wind
It all started like I thought it would when a morning song begins
The day is rising up so fast in a feverish state of mind
If I take a step before I stop, I’ll be doing rather fine

Man, I would love to finish the book, but I still have pages and pages of lines
Time sends out a withering look, but I pay it no mind
God, it’s a drag to figure it out, but what else can I do?
Nothing baby, but what do you say we let the light pass on through?

Beneath the spreading hazel wood, I lay me down to die
It all ended like I knew it would when the shadows came to fly
The night approaches us so fast in a terrible sort of mood
If I drink a drop before the wine runs dry, I’ll be feeling pretty good

Ascendant Hog:
Sitting high on the hog, like a bump on a log
Getting lost in the goodness of the earth
Now the clouds roll away, nobody knows what to say
Getting lost in the richness of the earth

Honey baby with you it’s like I’m stoned
But I’ve been so good at being alone
We could have a time–a moment is fine
Honey baby with you it’s like I’m stoned
But it feels so good just being alone
We could have a time–forever is fine

Slouching down on the stool, like a drunk, dirty old fool
Getting lost in the sweetness of your eyes
As the sound fades away, still don’t know what to say
Anyway, you should be paying me no mind

Chorus

Sitting high on the hog, like a bump on a log
Now I’m gonna go get good and truly lost

Album Credits:

- Album Artwork
Ric Alessio

- Photo Credit on Album
Matthew E. White

- Photo Credit on newest promo shots:
Liana Elguero

- Background vocal credits
Mike Ashley on 'Hazel Woods'

- Other musicians:
Mike Ashley - Electric Guitar on 'Hazel Woods'
Mandolin on 'Ascendant Hog'

- Recorded:
Spacebomb West - Richmond, Virginia