“Singer-songwriter Asal Hazel is a neo-soul songstress whose music is described as alternative R&B, with elements of soul, ethereal R&B, and occasional pop. Before working closely with the Stones Throw affiliated collective, the Persian-American Los Angeles native hit us with some teasers such as “Windows” with Anderson Paak’s official DJ, Callum Connor, & Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. single “Love” accomplice, Zacari. Then another with “u say u do” accompanied by MNDSGN, followed by her first music video for a cover titled 'Can U Handle', & a very casually released tape, giving us just a little taste of what we’re in for in terms of vocal riffs & soulful energy. She has curated a world of staggering dysphoria in the dreamy sounds birthed from lovelorn poetry and atmospheric vocal tone. Hazel's lyrics are vulnerable, clever, revolving around themes of romance and enlightenment. The debut tape, Like Water, features production from Swarvy, Lindsay Lowend, Lezah Lasa, and Stones Throw heavy hitters, such as MNDSGN, and Grammy-winning producer, Knxwledge, amongst others. Additionally, she has sounds coming from the depths of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles where she grew up in performing arts schools but was only singing & writing in the confines of her friends bedrooms. She talks about her introverted lifestyle as well as losing close friends & family at a young age over the decision to pursue music and staying true to herself. It’s only the beginning and we're all betting on this star.”
Written by Vashti S.