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Richard Hawley

Lowedges - Clear Vinyl Edition

    More gorgeous, late night, storytelling songs by the erstwhile Pulp and Longpigs guitarist. Hawley croons lovelorn words which evoke the late 50s in their charm and sweetness. Musically it's pretty and melodic, acoustic guitar ballads, lushly fleshed out with lapsteel, vibes, Mellotron and shimmery, echoey electric (guitar). Warm, poetic and inviting, this is a beautiful record and a balm for aching hearts everywhere!

    To celebrate his new album "Further" our good friends at Music On Vinyl have presented to us the three Setanta albums from their back catalogue. A super limited one off pressing with just 275 of each available on clear wax - gotta move quick on these pop pickers!

    Richard Hawley

    Late Night Final - Clear Vinyl Edition

      "Late Night Final" was Richard Hawley's first full length album, released in 2002. It follows on from where the previous years self titled mini album left off: his rich baritone, delivering his timeless, heartfelt songs over gorgeous guitar melodies. The album has a noir-ish cinematic feel to it - imagine the soundtrack to Blue Velvet written in Sheffield.

      To celebrate his new album "Further" our good friends at Music On Vinyl have presented to us the three Setanta albums from their back catalogue. A super limited one off pressing with just 275 of each available on clear wax - gotta move quick on these pop pickers!

      Richard Hawley

      Richard Hawley - Clear Vinyl Edition

        Before the release of this 7 track mini album in 2001, Richard Hawley was solely know as a guitarist, having been a member of The Longpigs and touring guitarist for Pulp. With this album though, he demonstrated his knack for writing a killer tune and it was our first introduction to THAT VOICE.

        Both this and the following full length album, "Late Night Final" are absolutely timeless albums that draw on a rich musical history and could have as easily been written in the middle of the 20th century as the start of the 21st: His rich baritone vocals crooning over gorgeous guitar melodies and hushed drums.

        To celebrate his new album "Further" our good friends at Music On Vinyl have presented to us the three Setanta albums from their back catalogue. A super limited one off pressing with just 275 of each available on clear wax - gotta move quick on these pop pickers!

        It’s been a while since the last Richard Hawley album - 4 years in fact. During that time he made a decision to break the recording / touring cycle he’d been working since he was 14 and went off to write music for films and also an acclaimed musical, "Standing At The Sky's Edge", based around a housing estate in his home town. But now he’s back, with a new album, and although there’s plenty of the swoonsome, croonsome Hawley we know and love, he’s not been afraid to push the boundaries a little.

        If you’re a 6music listener, then you can’t fail to have heard the opening track, the bluesy rock’n’roll stomp of “Of My Mind” - maybe a bit of a shock to the system for long-time Hawley fans, but fear not! It’s followed my the Smithsian “Alone” and then the gorgeous “My Little Treasures” - a beautiful, heartfelt song written about drinking with two of his late father’s oldest friends. The sweeping strings and pedal steel of the title track and slow strummed ballad  “Emilina Says” wind things down beautifully.

        I don’t know if the album was put together with the thought of an A-side and B-side in mind, but that’s how it comes across, with both sides opening with a big ballsy blast that slowly eases as the needle creeps inwards. The B-side opens with “Is There A Pill?”, with it’s pounding drums and big string surges that bring to mind “A Design For Life” era Manics. It’s followed by the chugging “Galley Girl” and then gently drifts into the languid “Not Lonely”. “Time Is” could be a Neil Diamond cover (he wrote some gems you know!) and is followed by my favourite track on the album “Midnight Train” - classic Hawley! And finally, the album is rounded off with the short but sweet, gentle strum of “Doors”.

        “Further” is possibly the most diverse album Richard Hawley has recorded, but it flows beautifully - partly down to the wonderfully intertwined guitar playing of Hawley and long-time cohort Shez Sheridan, but also because Hawley is such a great song writer. If like me, you are unsure on first listen, stick with it - it’s worth it!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Limited Edition Orange LP.

        LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

        Eleven gorgeous, late night, storytelling songs by the erstwhile Pulp and Longpigs guitarist. Hawley croons lovelorn words which evoke the late 50s in their charm and sweetness. Musically it's pretty and melodic, acoustic guitar ballads, lushly fleshed out with lapsteel, vibes, Mellotron and shimmery, echoey electric (guitar). Warm, poetic and inviting, this is a beautiful record and a balm for aching hearts everywhere!

        Originally released in 2003, this was his second album, or third if you include his self titled mini-LP too. Although it follows a similar late night, love lorn style as his previous releases, it's musically and atmospherically a much bigger sound and hinted at what was to come with it's stunning follow-up Coles Corner. 

        Truly classic, timeless songs, americana guitars (think Mazzy Star or maybe even Lambchop), and echoed vocals mixed with a very English sound. Imagine the soundtrack to Blue Velvet, recorded in Sheffield! Absolutely brilliant!

        Following the success of his award-winning, hugely acclaimed 2009 album ‘Truelove’s Gutter’, Richard Hawley will release his sixth studio album.

        Recorded at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studio in 2011, ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ marks a seismic shift in direction for Hawley. The album is a euphoric, sonic assault on the senses, channelling elements of psychedelia, space rock and ragas with heavy riffs and raw, visceral guitar solos – as well as more familiar, tender moments – which will surprise Hawley’s fans and peers alike.

        Exploring lyrical themes of love, loss, redemption and darker areas of the human condition, it’s an album of ominous storytelling and cosmic exploration, sung in Hawley’s rich baritone and soundtracked by an epic musical journey in glorious, menacing Technicolor. In the tradition of Hawley’s previous albums, the title is inspired by an area of Sheffield.

        Hawley says of the album, “I wanted to get away from the orchestration of my previous records and make a live album with two guitars, bass, drums and rocket noises!”

        'Standing At The Sky's Edge' is set to establish Hawley as one of the UK's greatest, contemporary guitarists.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Laura says: Right from the off you realise that this album isn’t exactly going to follow the same lush, string embellished path of the last three Hawley albums, as it plunges straight into a seven minute plus psych rocker. "She Brings The Sunlight" and title track "Standing At The Sky’s Edge" - a bleak view of modern life pushing people to the brink - pretty much set the tone for the whole album really. Although he hinted at a darker side with "Truelove’s Gutter", this album is not just a darker affair, but heavier too. (He has rocked before though don’t forget, and he’s really pretty good at it!) There are lighter moments: "Seek It" and the shimmering acid haze of "Don’t Stare At The Sun" for example, mellow things out nicely before we’re plunged back into heavy riffs and layers of feedback. It’s an ambitious and very different sound, but he pulls it off with ease. And of course with THAT voice, it’s most definitely a Richard Hawley album. A triumph!


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