Darren Hayman Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Similar to Darren Hayman:
Gruff Rhys, The Wave Pictures, Aidan Moffat, Allo Darlin', Sweet Baboo, Malcolm Middleton, The Essex Green, The Lovely Eggs, Hefner, Go-Kart Mozart, Comet Gain, Ballboy
Since 2016, Darren Hayman has been conducting an investigation into the the nuances of rural life in Britain. He took as his starting point the island's Thankful Villages, those to whom all their soldiers returned from the First World War alive. He visited each in turn, creating in response to them. Volume 3 marks the end of Hayman's study, one whose pastoral folk guitar capture the essence of its subject.
When dreams come true - part 435. Darren Hayman was watching Emma Kupa's band Standard Fare one night and thought to himself "I'd like to be in a band with her". So he made it happen at here it is. The two songwriters shared ideas, wrote songs together then asked a couple of musician pals to help flesh out the sound. Hey presto a new collaboration that plays to the songwriters strengths. Lovely.
Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner), continues his series of records themed around visits to English villages: specifically, the ones who lost no soldiers during World War 1. Thankful Villages Volume 2 digs into the folk histories of eighteen villages, weaving field recordings and interviews into his songcraft. CD / LP release on Rivertones.
Darren Hayman likes trains, and is soon playing the trains-and-indie-themed festival Indie-Tracks, so this release makes perfect sense. Train Songs (Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit) is a sweet little song dedicated to the titular train, although if you don’t like the Class 108, you’ve got a few other options: as well as the 7” picture disc, this release also has an 8-track CD of other Train Songs! On Static Caravan.
Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner) has most recently been performing with Papernut Cambridge, a project run by former Death In Vegas guitarist Ian Button. Here Darren leads the ensemble in 2 tracks of lovely old-fashioned widescreen pop, presented in a vintage-style sleeve. 7” on Fortuna POP! in a limited edition of 300.
- Vinyl 7" (FPOP167)
- Coloured vinyl
- Limited edition
Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner), themed this release (the first in a series of 3, we are told) around visits to English villages: specifically, the ones who lost no soldiers during World War 1. This heavy subject matter leads to intimate music, with each song of Thankful Villages Vol. 1 exploring the space and feel of an individual village. CD / LP release on Rivertones.
English songwriter Darren Hayman returns with another album of stripped down songwriting in Florence. With 14 albums to his name Hayman offers a steady hand of experience and a DIY aesthetic. Written and recorded in his friend’s apartment in Firenze, Italy, it’s a homely collection of acoustic guitar numbers. Out on vinyl LP from Fika.
This record is inspired by finding a leaflet written by William Morris, mainly famous for his interior designs, although he did a plethora of things, and whose house you can visit in north London for a good day out. It's entitled Chants for Socialists. Here, Darren Hayman puts them to music with the help of some of the Walthamstow locals to singalong. Intended as a comfort to ageing lefties, Chants for Socialists is a warm, swaying collection of folk type songs which create a sense of community within its melodies.
Darren Hayman & The Short Parliament
Darren Hayman And The Long Parliament
- Vinyl 10" (FPOP145)
- Coloured vinyl
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Darren Hayman & The Wave Pictures
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