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Review: "Kerosene" - Ben Hazlewood

Returning with a new single, Ben Hazlewood wears his heart on his sleeve with "Kerosene." The artist shows his vulnerable side and elaborates on the song's meaning, sharing, "The scars that I wear on my body are now permanent reminders of the past, times where I wished I could just burn it all around me, so I would never have to face the hurt of my reality. In a similar vein to 'Fumes;' the scent of Kerosene comes as a warning to never get too close while I’m playing with fire because it only takes one hit for me to light it all up." Heartfelt and relatable, "Kerosene" takes us through Hazlewood's inner turmoil, giving us an authentic look into the artist's past.

Matching the dark, moody nature of the lyrics, "Kerosene" paints a picture of unstable emotions and pent up feelings. The track starts soft and reserved, later building up to explosive choruses that depict the artist's desire to burn everything down. Having an indie-rock/alt-pop feel, "Kerosene" features lonesome guitar riffs, rich piano chords, and driving drums. The captivating soundscape backs Hazlewood's sultry, raspy vocals as he delivers impassioned lines that showcase his haunting emotions. A perfect track for any indie-rock/alt-pop playlist, the sound in "Kerosene" is comparable to acts like Sam Smith, James Arthur, Charlie Puth, and Shawn Mendes.

Queer alt-pop artist, Ben Hazlewood, is a dynamic, up-and-coming force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Citing David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Nicks as his inspirations, Hazlewood states, "From a young age, I was really inspired by artists that spoke their minds and could capture an emotion through their music." The charismatic artist has been busy making waves in the alt-pop scene, sharing a series of new tracks, including "Hallucinations," "Echo," "House of Glass," "Fumes," and "Chemical Roulette." These standalone releases serve as a follow-up to Hazlewood's 2021 EP, 11:11, and his 2020 album, Bloodline.

Written By Cheyenne Johnson



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