The last time Blake Hazard released a solo album was back in 2002 with Little Airplane. Now she's back with a self-released collection called The Eleanor Islands, out July 9.
The Submarines feature Hazard's authentic singing and plenty of infectious indie pop tunes. The vocals are still strong and clear, but Hazard's sonic footing seems a bit unsure in these new songs without John Dragonetti.
PopMatters interviewed the couple before a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg during a tour in support of their third full length album, 2011's Love Notes/Letter Bombs. The couple was still mining their relationship for songwriting, a roller coaster of ups and downs that provided a genuine intention to communicate with fans, not just each other. Their voices also complemented each other just like their personalities seemed to, a yin and yang of outgoing Hazard and laid back Dragonetti.
The video (directed by Simone Leuck) for the single off this new album, "Colonade", finds Hazard alone on a hotel bed evoking the past with a retro look topped off by her trademark blond braids. Take a listen to "Energy and Consequences", with all the elements of a classic Submarines song. There's quirky electronic flourishes over a standard band set up, soaring melody, and yes, heart on the sleeve lyrics about this new stage in life.
Fun fact: Hazard made a cameo appearance in Baz Luhrmann's recent adaptation of her great-grandfather's book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald!