Swear I'm not Paul: Stream: Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stream: Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Richard Hawley

Possible Album of the Year contender, woo woo! Truelove's Gutter is Richard Hawley's sixth album, and is to be released on September 21st on Mute Records. It's three songs shorter than all of his other albums, but comes in longer overall at 51:05. Apparently two songs are about 10 minutes long.

Here's a little snippet from the press (hell yeah!):

Arrangements on Truelove’s Gutter occasionally feature some truly uncommon instrumentation, such as the megabass waterphone and crystal baschet. “I use a load of odd sounds on this album that are not heard on many other records,” says Richard. “The sounds in my head on a lot of the tracks - I didn’t even know what they were called!”

Eccentric instruments notwithstanding, the lush but minimal production provides a haunting backdrop to Hawley’s unique voice and allows him plenty of space for some outstandingly beautiful guitar solos. “I wanted it to be a listening experience from start to finish, where you couldn’t just pause it and go off and watch Coronation Street or whatever,” explains Hawley. “Sonically, it flows. It’s not jumping all over the place. It just has a mood that goes through the whole thing.”

Thematically his darkest work to date, Truelove’s Gutter explores the idea of people or things that are broken in some way, and the fractured and damaged times in which we live, to which Hawley’s lyrics give profound attestation.

As The Dawn Breaks
Open Up The Door
Ashes on The Fire
Remorse Code
Don’t Get Hung Up in your Soul
Soldier On
For Your Lover, Give Some Time
Don’t You Cry

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