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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 Hefner lad's doing this time. In fact on Wembley Eiffel Tower he jumps headlong into some late-'70s-sounding modular synth experiments.   He documents his "no hands" approach t ...

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Hayman's "experimental" CD album on Glass Reservoir. Edition of 100 copies with hand-printed artwork.

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Wembley Eiffel Tower by Darren Hayman
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 13 May 2014
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 Hefner lad's doing this time. In fact on Wembley Eiffel Tower he jumps headlong into some late-'70s-sounding modular synth experiments.   He documents his "no hands" approach to this one quite clearly in the liner notes, which you can also read in the second half of the press release. Hayman cleverly defined a set of parameters within which his modular system would play itself, using a clock divider to create uniform note lengths. Once six tracks of 45 minutes had been recorded these were then assembled into a single piece, along with a short poem read by Valentine Leys at the beginning.   And the result is this CD here. It's a very relaxing bit of synth ambience with lovely '70s sounding analogue tones and gentle, steady pacing. While the processes involved in making it may sound pretentious, this is actually a very pleasant listen, and the knowledge that the tones are being generated without human interference doesn't detract from it at all, in fact in a way there's something strangely reassuring about it, like a pilotless vessel gliding through space.   Genuinely quite interesting stuff if you're into synth experiments, but you might find it a bit slow-moving if you're looking for some of the quirky singer-songwriter material Hayman is best known for.

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