Tag Archives: Darren Hayman

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums: Treating You Right

10 Feb

Treating You Right, the latest single taken from the forthcoming album from Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums is out now!

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In case you hadn’t heard, Allo Darlin’s Bill Botting is returning to Australia in March. So we’re sending him off in the best possible way – an almighty party on a Sunday night. Come join us at Moth Club on the 26th of February from 6pm for an evening of music, celebration and sadness. Bill’s asked an all star cast of indie heroes to come and perform alongside him on the night. We’ve announced the appearance of Tigercats, Darren Hayman, Simon Love, Emma Kupa and Moustache Of Insanity so far, but there are even more guests to be announced. You really wouldn’t want to miss out on Bill’s Last Waltz. Advance tickets are available for £7 from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings.

City, Town and Country: a three day residency with Darren Hayman

11 Dec

City, Town and Country Web

We’re very excited to announce a three day residency with Darren Hayman at the The Betsey Trotwood in January – we’ll be announcing special guests shortly for each night, who will all be incorporating the evening’s theme in to their set.

City, Town and Country
A three day themed residency with Darren Hayman.

Monday 18th: City
with Dearbhla Minogue and one more TBA
City themed songs from “We Love The City” and others

Tuesday 19th: Town
with Deerful and one more TBA
Town themed songs from “Local Information”. “Pram Town” and others

Wednesday 20th: Country
with Maia Sofia and one more TBA
Country themed songs from “Essex Arms”, “Great British Holiday EPs” and others

Tickets are available from WeGotTickets

We’ll be announcing the final support for each evening in January – we’re very excited and know you’ll be in for a treat…

In the meantime, here’s a wonderful video review of Darren’s Florence record from The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis.

From The Square To The Hill – new video from Darren Hayman

12 Nov

From The Square To The Hill is taken from Darren Hayman’s latest album “Florence”, available now on vinyl and download.

“Florence” from Darren Hayman out now

6 Nov

Florence

Florence

Darren Hayman returns with a beautifully delicate and touchingly honest album simply titled Florence after the city in which it was created. This is his very first purely solo album, story featuring no other musicians. It was written and recorded between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2014 in the Firenze flat belonging to Elizabeth Morris (Allo Darlin’) and Ola Innset (Making Marks). Continuing his habit of making incisive, buy observational and beautiful albums, with Florence Hayman has taken a back-to-basics approach, eschewing his recent collaborative, conceptual approaches for a humble and modest solo effort, entirely recorded and performed in the Italian apparetemento of his hosts.

Florence is sparse and poignant. Tinged with melancholy and etched with heartache, revealing the very best of Hayman’s considerable songwriting verve, this collection of songs shows what you can achieve whilst on holiday at a friend’s house, taking refuge in the winter quiet during the festive season.

“Perfectly poised romances on intimate solo outing from ex-Hefner man… Florence is a beautiful, bespoke gem of an album… Italian jobs come no finer.” Uncut [8/10]

“Its delicately observed song cycle unfolds like a novella or short film, with tracks that might seem slight in isloation gaining resonance in situ.” Q [3/5]

“This lack of concept has enabled Hayman to go back to the universal motifs of love and loss that served him so well as the frontman of indie favourites Hefner. And we’re glad to report that he’s right back on the money from the word go. First track Nuns Run The Apothecary turns a stream of mundane details into something inexplicably heartbreaking, with little but a softly strummed guitar as an accompaniment. This is Hayman’s gift – the ability to elevate the quotidian to heights that are almost sacred… Hayman has made a career out of surprising his listeners, and Florence – cutting and pretty, grubby and sexy – is one of his best surprises yet.” Folk Radio

“In some ways this is my favourite Hayman album for some time. It’s got the song writing of the best of his Essex trilogy and the warmth of much of his January songs project, recorded at this same time of year and involving him writing, recording and releasing a song a day with help from his musical friends and social media community, including my own dog.
Although in a different city to his native London this most melancholy of times of year once again provides the perfect inspiration for his songwriting.” Neon Filler

“Florence is another excellent addition to Darren Hayman’s sterling oeuvre” The Line Of Best Fit [8/10]

“Across the album, there are moments to savour: a charming fuzzy guitar solo on ‘From the Square to the Hill’; an Americana-infused guitar riff on ‘When You’re Lonely, Don’t Be’, a gradual layering of guitar lines and multi-tracked vocals on ‘Didn’t I Say Don’t Fall In Love With Him’ and, as the album draws to a close, a pretty slice of psych-folk that could easily pass for a long-lost sixties relic, the kind of thing Stuart Maconie occasionally plays to calm people down during his ‘Freak Zone’ programme. Modest and restrained, yet pretty and tuneful, anyone who has found their way to this website is bound to enjoy this.” PennyBlack Music

“Taking inspiration from his Italian surroundings, Hayman here occasionally takes a step back from his usual Anglo-centric musings with the late period Jonathan Richman-esque instrumentation suiting his ruminations on life, love and getting older.” Narc [4/5]

Buy it on 12″ vinyl or download here

Nuns Run The Apothecary video from Darren Hayman

9 Oct

We sent Darren Hayman back to Florence in September to record a couple of videos for this forthcoming album Florence. Nuns Run The Apothecary is the opening track on the album, and here’s Darren’s video.

Florence is available to pre-order from Fika Recordings here shop.fikarecordings.com/album/florence

New album from Darren Hayman

12 Sep

Darren Hayman

We’re very excited to be able to say we’ve got a new album from Darren Hayman coming out in November, the first with Fika Recordings since 2013’s album Bugbears. Since then he’s put out the incredible Chants For Socialists (a stunning album taking inspiration and words from William Morris’ pamphlet of the same name) and unveiled a long running project based around Thankful Villages.

Back to the LP in question! It is a beautifully delicate and touchingly honest album simply titled Florence after the city in which it was created. This is his very first purely solo album, featuring no other musicians. It was written and recorded between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2014 in the Firenze flat belonging to Elizabeth Morris (Allo Darlin’) and Ola Innset (Making Marks). Continuing his habit of making incisive, observational and beautiful albums, with Florence Hayman has taken a back-to-basics approach, eschewing his recent collaborative, conceptual approaches for a humble and modest solo effort, entirely recorded and performed in the Italian apparetemento of his hosts.

We’ll be putting this out on vinyl and download at the start of November, but to whet your appetite, here’s the opening track from Florence, Nuns Run The Apothecary, supposedly Darren’s response to Allo Darlin’s track Darren!.

Florence by Darren Hayman is available to pre-order on 12″ vinyl now

Owl & Mouse – Departures video

28 Aug

Earlier in the summer, Darren Hayman took Owl & Mouse out on to the canals of East London with The Record Deck to shoot a video for Departures, taken from the debut album of the same name.

Buy your copy of Owl & Mouse’s Departures here, on vinyl, CD or download.