Sunday, August 30, 2009

Black is the Colour of My True Love's Heart

Even though Richard Hawley's upcoming album, Truelove's Gutter explores the idea of broken things, damaged people, and the alienation surrounding modern life, his voice still makes everything sounds hopelessly romantic. This guy is a definitely a crooner. And while all the places he mentions in his songs are geographic landmarks in his hometown of Sheffield, UK, the lush instrumentation and vocal style bring to mind a fantasy world that's classy, timeless with an air of mystery. That place and time could be in real time, in Sheffield. But it could also be anywhere else from a idealized time period long ago. It could be Shanghai from the turn of the century; It could be in smoke filled bar from the 50's; It's any place where magic can happen.

Truelove's Gutter is set for release on Sept. 22, 2009.

Richard Hawley - Darlin' Wait for Me (mp3) (buy)

Richard Hawley - Tonight the Streets are Ours (mp3) (buy)

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