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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.

Making Marks – A Thousand Half-Truths

3 Feb

We’re finally releasing the debut LP from Norway’s Making Marks! It comes on beautiful heavyweight 180g vinyl with a printed inner sleeve of lyrics and pictures and download code, and on a 6 panel CD digipack with full lyrics booklet too. Or you can simply download it from our webshop, iTunes etc.

“There’s a trace of Saint Etienne’s suburban romance to be heard in the superior pop of Making Marks, a Norwegian four-piece whose debut album puts a winning finish of wit and longing on the belts-and-braces indiepop undercoat.”

“It’s an effective blend, especially with the sad but beautiful vocals of singers Ola Innset and Nina Bø as well as the country twang of Innset’s picking style of electric guitar playing.”
Neon Filler

“classic heartwarming indiepop”

“a strong contender for indie-pop album of the year”

“a summery album to brighten up the current wintery outlook”
Scottish Express

“The consistently excellent male/female vocals on show make A Thousand Half-Truths less a smack in the face than a warming, gentle arm around the shoulder. Perfect for these cold winter nights.”

Buy heavyweight LP / digipack CD / download

We’ve also got all three of their earlier 7″ singles available for you to buy alongside the album:
Ticket Machine [their debut 7″, includes Suburban Kids With Biblical Names remix]
Barcodes [their follow up, includes Erik Skantze remix]
Uten En Tråd [their Norwegian single, includes a b-side recorded and produced by Darren Hayman]

Fulhäst – But They Don’t Even Sell Lo-fi Parasols In Top Shop

2 Oct

Here’s a new video from Fulhäst, the second from his debut album Broken, starring members of Tigercats and Fever Dream. Fulhäst plays lo-fi Gameboy pop-punk about movies, heartbreak and stuff.

The album was recorded in the spring by Darren Hayman and Darren has also remixed one of the tracks, Your Skin, available here as a free download.

Bugbears by Darren Hayman – out now!

15 Jul

The new album from Darren Hayman, joined on this album by his backing back The Short Parliament, is out now! You can buy it on CD and vinyl – both formats come complete with a 16 page booklet of illustrations, lyrics and liner notes.

We’ll continue to update the Bugbears blog – there’s plenty more content lined up, so do check back to fikarecordings.com/bugbears for all the latest.

“Bugbears ends up sounding like a stellar Darren Hayman album. ‘The Contented’ and ‘Impossibilities’ are like Hefner at their best, while ‘Seven Months Married’ is the kind of engaging, unfurling yarn the 42 year old has made his own since going solo. History has rarely been so engaging” The NME [7/10]

“an intriguing, satisfying listen”
Record Collector [4/5]

“Pretty poignant ane educational, too”
Uncut [8/10]

“Bugbears is a rich and warming curio”
Mojo [3/5]

“the freeness of the reinterprations animates the source material all the more effectively”
Financial Times [4/5]

“Bugbears is a loving and modern take on the chaotic Civil War period, with his Essex and London accent giving the songs greater authenticity”
Neon Filler [8/10]

“With Bugbears, Hayman stands apart”
The Arts Desk

“‘Bugbears’ is distinctive album and an intriguing companion to The Violence. Hayman has reached back into the past and picked up a handful of gems.”
Drunken Werewolf

“‘Bugbears’ is a collection of lovingly crafted folk songs”
Norman Records

Darren Hayman – Bugbears

7 May


It’s happening again! After the sold out screenprinted 10″ Christmas In Howarth EP we released for Darren Hayman the Christmas before last, we’ve another release from him out on Fika Recordings, this time a full length LP! The album has evolved dramatically from our first discussions with Darren about Bugbears and has materialised into one of the most ambitious projects we’ve undertaken so far. So let’s run you through all the important details you need to know!

Bugbears LP vinyl book

…is an album of songs from the English Civil Wars and seventeenth century to accompany The Violence. Here’s Darren’s explanation of Bugbears:

I recently made an album called ‘The Violence’. It concerns itself with the East Anglian witch trials during the English Civil Wars. During my research I started to come across folk songs of the seventeenth century and Stuart era. Two such songs appear on that album: ‘When the King Enjoys His Own Again’ and ‘A Coffin for King Charles, A Crown for Cromwell and a Pit for the People’. 

I didn’t seek to achieve forensic detail when finding these songs, but was keen to have a sense of the flavour of the music of the era. As a side project to the album, I started to record and adapt some of the songs, and now they are collected here.
Consider this an accompanying volume to The Violence, a scene setter, a spin off.
Although I did a fair amount of research, these are not meant to be definitive or historical readings of the songs. I have revised, edited and even rewritten in places.

The Short Parliament
Joining Darren on Bugbears are Bill Botting, Dan Mayfield, Dave Watkins, David Tattersall and Johny Lamb.

We’ll be presenting Bugbears on 180gr heavyweight 12″ vinyl (including a download code) and within a beautiful CD gatefold package. Both formats come with a 16 page booklet of illustrations, lyrics and Darren’s notes, interpretations and commentary.

Duncan Barrett is the genius behind the sleeve artwork and the booklet design. His artwork has graced numerous Fika releases in the past and hopefully many more to come! The booklet itself features an illustration for each of the 13 songs on Bugbears, from 13 different artists. Among those involved were Pam Berry, Robert Rotifer, Dan Willson and Ant Harding.

The Blog
Over the next two months in the run up to the release on the 15th of July, Darren and I will be hosting a blog. Expect to find previews of the songs, videos, interviews from historians and musicians, features of the illustrators and plenty more.

The album is available to pre-order from the Fika Recording shop now, shipping in early July.

Bugbears CD and booklet

Follow the Bugbears blog at fikarecordings.com/bugbears

BBC Radio 1: Huw Stephens’ Label Of Love

27 Jul

This week we were delighted to be asked to join Huw Stephens on his BBC Radio 1 show to talk about Fika Recordings and play some tunes from the catalogue.

You can listen again here:

Here’s what we played:
Tigercats – Harper Lee
Lisa Bouvier – Andreas
Red Shoe Diaries – Ice & Snow
Moustache Of Insanity – We Need More Awesome
Darren Hayman – Photos Like Postcards
The Smittens – First Bus
Making Marks – Hard To Be Good