Blake Hazard started playing the subways of New York City in her teens, graduating to playing smaller clubs in the city before making her way to Boston to study at Harvard University. There, she continued to play live, eventually starting a relationship with John Dragonetti and moving to LA with him. They broke up, but reunited after hearing the songs each had written about their parting. Together, they made three records as The Submarines, touring the US and Europe many times, making festival and television appearances, and licensing their songs extensively for film and TV worldwide. Hazard recorded her solo album The Eleanor Islands with Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Yellowbirds) in Brooklyn in 2013.
“Before The Ice” is the first in a series of singles and remixes that will be released in 2017. “As I wrote this,” she says, “I imagined a scene on a quiet starry beach at night, the ice clinking around in moonlit glasses, making two people brave enough to feel something—or admit that they do—for each other. “[The song is] a little encouragement to get together, too, to risk your heart a little, let the stars align.” The studio version was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Wild Nothing, Fruit Bats) and the remix was produced by Xander Singh (formerly of Passion Pit and Pepper Rabbit).
“[‘Before the Ice’ moves] from French café folk to raunchy sax-soul to a kind of late-night smokiness” -FLOOD
Check out the song below.
RIYL: Feist, Regina Spektor, Cat Power, Isobel Campbell, Fiona Apple, The Submarines, Ingrid Michaelson, Priscilla Ahn
Digital Servicing Only