Richard Hawley finally plays the O2 Guildhall in Southampton on Saturday 20th February, after part of his winter 2015 tour rescheduled.
Most recent single, I Still Want You (below), is Hawley at his most recognisably vulnerable and romantic. It features one of those choruses that only he seems capable of writing, like a ballroom spotlight on a glitterball. One of the first songs demoed for ‘Hollow Meadows’ in Hawley’s shed studio (‘Disgracelands’) with his long-time guitarist and confidant, Shez Sheridan, ‘I Still Want You’ was all but complete when he entered studio to record the album, and the demo vocal so strong, it survived on to the final recording.
I Still Want You is the first track on the album Hollow Meadows, recorded at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studio in spring 2015. Hollow Meadows sees Hawley return to the classic, sophisticated songwriting and subtle arrangements that made him so widely loved and revered in the first place. Meditating on such themes as ageing, fallibility and relationships, much of the album shares a brooding, yet wistful and romantic atmosphere in keeping with early albums Late Night Final and Lowedges, as well as touches of 2009’s Truelove’s Gutter and Standing At The Sky’s Edge. The album features some notable guests from the UK folk scene, Hawley’s neighbour and friend Martin Simpson, and Nancy Kerr. Other guests include one of Hawley’s oldest and dearest friends, Jarvis Cocker, and the Hick Street Chip Shop Singers, who are made up of various Sheffield luminaires, including Slow Club’s Rebecca Taylor.
‘Hollow Meadows’ is an album full of exceptional songwriting, beautiful melodies and harmonies, and some of the finest lyrics and vocals Hawley as ever written and recorded. It will further cement his reputation as one of Britain’s greatest songwriters of the past 15 years. The album is available on CD, digital download and gatefold double vinyl.
Tickets are available from http://gigst.rs/RH