Darren Hayman returns with a delicate and honest album, continuing his habit of making incisive, observational and beautiful albums. Written between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2014 in the Firenze flat of Elizabeth and Ola Innset Morris, Florence has a back-to-basics approach for Hayman, eschewing his recent collaborative, conceptual approaches for a humble and modest solo effort, entirely recorded and performed in the Italian apparetemento of his hosts.
Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. For 15 years, and over 14 albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly. Hayman was influenced by punk through his art college years, but throughout the ’90s he was inspired by American lo-fi indie-rock. A chance meeting with John Peel favourites New Bad Things and shows with them in London and Portland USA taught Darren the DIY ethic and soon he was self-releasing records by his first band, Hefner (1998-2003). Hayman’s first solo albums, Table For One (2006) and The Secondary Modern (2007) charmed the critics – The Guardian opining that Hayman’s profoundly English songwriting was “the match of Ray Davies.”
Tracklist: Nuns Run The Apothecary / Break Up With Him / From The Square To The Hill / When You’re Lonely, Don’t Be / On The Outside / Didn’t I Saw Don’t Fall In Love With Him / Lose Me And Find Me / Post Office Girl / Safe Fall / The English Church