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- January Songs by Darren Hayman
8/10 Mike Staff review, 27 January 2012
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 downbeat and confessional, sometimes whimsical and lighthearted, and the quality is surprisingly consistent given the nature of the project. In fact I'm sure at least two of these songs have already been pressed on 7”s prior to this collection's release! Roughly half the songs have guest appearances from a surprisingly high profile cast including The Wave Pictures, Rotifer, Pete Astor, Terry Edwards and Elizabeth Morris, and despite their lo-fi nature the songs are sensitively recorded and all sound like finished pieces. Workmanlike and charming stuff once again from Mr Hayman. And as if writing 31 songs in a month wasn't enough, he's also hand-drawn every one of the 1,500 front covers, so your copy will have a unique piece of art by the man himself on the cover. Certainly can't fault his commitment to the project, hey?
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