Rising up from the ground like a majestic, supernatural force come to envelop us all, HEZEN has us transfixed and entirely under her spell. Heady from the soft, intoxicating vocals that permeate into our soul like some dark magic, we sway with the melody, a slave to its sinister beauty. “The Girl You Want” is a remarkable debut from this relative newcomer and one that has left us entirely enchanted and beholden to it.
We say relative newcomer, this isn’t really London-based French producer and songwriter Sarah Hezen’s first rodeo. There was a Tame Impala cover a few weeks back (to introduce this new project) and she provided vocals for an Icicle track a couple of years ago. There’s also a hint of former solo work but looking for that online is like looking for needles in a haystack. That’s not important now though, what is important is the incredible sensual and intense sounds she is making now.
“The Girl You Want” smoulders and bewitches. It’s smoky and seductive with more than just a hint of danger. The rhythms and strings build the drama menacingly. They swell into an overriding sense of foreboding. Like the impending doom about to befall a much loved Game of Thrones character, they’re powerful and stark.
Her voice, by contrast, is soft and crystalline. It floats, beautifully, stunningly even, juxtaposed with this sinister danger. The lightness and purity of the vocal acting as a counter to the darkness, the weight and torment of the melody.
The visuals, which came to Sarah in a dream, are haunting and hypnotic. Coupled with this breathtaking song, it’s a potent combination and one that has knocked us off our feet. Seemingly coming from nowhere, Sarah Hezen has arisen and enslaved us.
HEZEN’s debut EP, ‘STIGMA’, will be released in June.