Monday, 26 March 2012

Richard Hawley's 'Singles Club' - Leave Your Body Behind You

We've always been admirers of Richard Hawley - in many ways he represents a sort of last bastion of the esteemed gentlemanly British singer-songwriter of a sort that is now diminished to a handful of erstwhile champions who are still capable of catching that melodicism and inherently English charm that so wonderfully wrapped the nation in the Brit-pop heydeys.

And to be honest, we've rather been taken in by the beautiful cover art for his latest project - new studio album Standing At The Sky's Edge, and lead single Leave Your Body Behind You. It's all bright, colourful and generally a bit psychedelic in a Northern Lights sort of way. What's more, Leave Your Body Behind You will stand as the first step in a Singles Club release schedule that will span the next twelve months. Sort of like one of those magazine partworks you see advertised on TV then, but without the rubbishy free gifts. Instead, it'll just be pristine 10'' vinyls and good, honest music - which we always approve of.

We've already seen the likes of Ash experiment with instalment-styled release schedules, and Hawley's Singles Club scheme looks set to serve as a real treat for long-term fans.

Standing At The Sky's Edge is released on the 7th May.

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