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The Hayman Kupa Band
The Hayman Kupa Band

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...view item »

Darren Hayman
January Songs

Darren Hayman is nothing if not prolific. After a good 17 or 18 releases in 2011, he's barrelling into 2012 with this 2CD collection which contains a song he penned and recorded on each day of last January. The result is a collection of casual and often intimate lo-fi indie pop, sometimes...view item »

Darren Hayman
Thankful Villages Vol. 2

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 son...view item »

Darren Hayman
Train Songs (Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit)

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:...view item »

Darren Hayman and Papernut Cambridge
I've Been a Bad Bad Boy

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, present...view item »

Darren Hayman
Thankful Villages Vol. 1

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...view item »

Darren Hayman

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...view item »

Darren Hayman
Chants for Socialists

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 ...view item »

Darren Hayman
Minehead EP

Darren Hayman with Minehead on Static Caravan. I'm so loving this series of holiday ep's and sadly this is the last one. They have been an absolute treasure to discover and a delight to hear after being bombarded with  the over production of modern music. Here, we're almost...view item »

Darren Hayman
Wembley Eiffel Tower

The industrious Darren Hayman is back this week with a very new limited CD and it's not what I expected at all! If you're after lightly whimsical heart-on-sleeve indie pop, look elsewhere, because that's not what the ...view item »

Darren Hayman & Emma Kupa
Boy, Look At What You Can't Have Now

It makes me lose just a little bit sleep each night that Darren Hayman is a great supporter of our site and always nice to us, yet I’ve said a couple of horrid things about his records in the past. Aaah....well.... luckily I love this! Its a duet between Darren and a lady called Emma who was in some band or other but I can’t ...view item »

Darren Hayman
Blue House EP

Here is the latest solo effort by former Hefner mainman Darren Hayman. This mini album has been done without his Secondary Modern backing band and so has a more solitary feel to it. Darren wrote most of the songs here in a blue house o...view item »

Darren Hayman & The Short Parliament

Former Hefner fellow Darren Hayman is back with an album of seventeenth century folk songs that follows on from his critically acclaimed album ‘The Violence’. Available in a deluxe packaging featuring a lush booklet of Darren’s notes, lyrics, and image...view item »

Darren Hayman
I Taught You How To Dance EP

Its a bleak, miserable November morning I'm resting a hell of a lot on Darrens version of Roxy Music's 'Dance Away' being able to cheer me up. Its an understatement to say that its having the opposite effect  - not only is this is a low point in the history of recorded music but I'm i...view item »

Darren Hayman
The Ship’s Piano

Darren Hayman makes a lot of music. Known primarily for his stint as singer-songwriter of indie-pop favourites Hefner, nowadays he can be found writing and performing with various characters including members of The Wave Pictures and 'Allo Darlin whilst making an effort to perform live ...view item »

Darren Hayman, Tigercats, Various
Vostok 5

The title is a bit of a giveaway. The 9 songs on this LP are odes and sonnets to space exploration and the one sided space race of the last 40 years(GO USA!!!!). It's a collection of songs that have been touched by the hand of science fact. All the cuts on this disc tell you about deceased cosmonauts (Remains in a Bowl) the dogs who hold the...view item »

Antony Harding/Darren Hayman
The Bands That Don't Reform/A Soft Place

Got myself a limited split 7" single on Black Kitten from Darren Hayman and Antony Harding. Darren Hayman's contribution is a little indie pop plod-along entitled 'The Bands That Don't Reform'. It's got all the traits of a classically trained twee indie single that charts the of the band on tour with a sub plot implying an out and out love of ban...view item »

The Wave Pictures / Darren Hayman
Bruce Springsteen Tribute

Look what I have here its a split 7" single between Darren Hayman and The Wave Pictures. Both cover songs by Bruce Springsteen. Darren Hayman does an indie/electro-pop version of 'Girls in their Summer Clothes' and its not too bad really in a Casiotone for the Painfully Alone/Magnetic Fields type way. On the flip side The Wave Pictures attempt...view item »

Darren Hayman & The Wave Pictures

I take a day off work and what do I find upon my return... A Darren Hayman & The Wave Pictures CD aptly titled 'Madrid' as it was recorded live in April of 2007 in that very Spanish city. I must confess to not really being a fan as I find this stuff a bit insipid and occasionally irritating. I've heard worse live albums though and if you're a f...view item »

Darren Hayman
Ukelele Songs From The North Devon Coast

Wooho!! life is brilliant. From the Acid Mothers To Darren Hayman (he of Hefner fame). I love my life sometimes..... Static Caravan releases a 4 track 7" of good ole honest indie tunes. I'm feeling all kind these days so I won't talk about how much I want to punch his face in 2..... Nope that would get me n...view item »

The Stereo Morphonium (Darren Hayman/Hefner!!)

And if that wasn't enough we have a 5 track CD in by The Stereo Morphonium which is Darren Hayman and some other dude on Filthy Little Angels.... Toytown twee electronic twibbles and kibbles beinging to mind The Beloved..... and you get a free 4 track CD single by The Swear on the same label. Total bargain pie...view item »

Darren Hayman/ The Epstein
Heitation Blues Ten Tune Truck #3

Hey here's our old friend DARREN HAYMAN again with WATKINS, TROUT & LEE, this time on a split 7" with EPSTEIN. They've both gone a country style for this release traditional blues chords played by the ukelele and banjo sounding Mungo Jerry. Like a knees up at barn danc...view item »

Darren Hayman
Table For One- The Desert Menu

He's so prolific DARREN HAYMAN it seems everything he says is a song and put to print. Thusly we treated to songs about cups of tea and bacon baps. Here he is with Table For One: The Dessert Menu. Really loved his 7" around Britains coastlines but here he's got his electric guitar back and lost a little eccentric madness....view item »

Darren Hayman

Am so with some joy and glee I have another Darren Hayman thing to review. Him of Hefner fame.... It's a CDEP on Acuarela called Cortinaland This is more like Hefner than the 7" from last week, ie it's not all toytown-y/ electronic as he has a full band accompanying the evil. Though in all fairness I'm always wi...view item »