Richard Hawley understands love in all of its vicissitudes, remembering the romances of yesterday but without being a prisoner to nostalgia or embittered by his experiences. Hollow Meadows is an album about navigating through the lost woods of your life, feeling sure for once you know what direction you’re heading in only to be caught in an emotional storm and to have a shadow of doubt hanging over you leaving you rudderless. It’s an album about reflecting on past loves, being lost, and being in love. Hawley’s voice is reminiscent of an early Scott Walker, deep and resonant and full of longing, fragility and tenderness. His fireside baritone is perfect for autumn - rich and full of texture, like the auditory equivalent of rustling through fallen leaves.
Originally printed in Issue #325 of the Kirkby Extra, October 2015.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.