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Darren Hayman & The Short Parliament - Bugbears [12"/CD]

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