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Richard Hawley Divulges His Truelove in September

Sheffield Songwriter Uses a Megabass Waterphone and Crystal Baschet on New Album?

Jun 15, 2009
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Richard Hawley may sound like a typical British bloke but the former Longpigs member and onetime Pulp touring guitarist is pushing himself in strange and very uncommon ways on his sixth album, Truelove's Gutter. The new LP comes out September 22nd, and follows 2007's Lady's Bridge and the Sheffield singer/songwriter's 2005 Mercury Music Prize nominated longplayer Coles Corner. Both immortalized specific Sheffield landmarks, a testament to Hawley's unflagging pride of his working class upbringing. The veteran artist is releasing the new album on Mute, his label home since 2005. The sixth outing was put to tape in Hawley's Sheffield at Yellow Arch studios. The aforementioned "strange and uncommon ways" comes in the form of The Steel City native's odd choice of instrumenationon.

Some of the eight new compositions feature megabass waterphone and crystal baschet (or glass organ). Don't worry, I had to look those up too. In a statement from Mute Hawley explained the seemingly odd choices. "I use a load of odd sounds on this album that are not heard on many other records. The sounds in my head on a lot of the tracks—I didn't even know what they were called!" I guess we're all in the same boat then. Complementing the new instruments will be a minimal and thematically stark self-production. The full tracklisting is below.

Track Listing:

01. As the Dawn Breaks
02. Open Up the Door
03. Ashes on The Fire
04. Remorse Code
05. Don't Get Hung Up in Your Soul
06. Soldier On
07. For Your Lover, Give Some Time
08. Don't You Cry
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