Richard Willis Hawley (born 17 January 1967) is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. After his first band Treebound Story (formed while he was still at school) broke up, Hawley found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990s. After that group broke up in 2000, he later joined the band Pulp, led by his friend Jarvis Cocker, for a short time. As a solo musician, Hawley has released seven studio albums.
Have a listen to the Sheffield crooner’s eighth album, ahead of release, and let us know your thoughts. Richard Hawley’s last album, Standing At The Sky’s Edge, was something of a departure for the Sheffield singer. Not so. Follow-up Hollow Meadows is something of a return to familiar ground for Hawley, although it doesn’t feel like a rehash: instead there is a sense of refinement at work here.
Album · 2015 · 11 Songs. It seems Richard Hawley’s journey into psych-rock on 2012’s Standing At the Sky’s Edge was just a detour. Here, his world-weary croon glides through more familiar Hawley touchstones: classic pop, sumptuous arrangements and folky intimacy. Befitting a record partly recorded in his garden shed, Hollow Meadows opens up his personal spaces with 11 elegant tales of love, regret, hurt and hope. Everything coalesces best on What Love Means, a heart-tugging sigh of parental pride and anguish. Hollow Meadows Richard Hawley.
Richard Hawley is in a good place again. I’m in a world where I’m playing guitar with my mates and having the time of my life on tour, he tells Guitar & Bass, safely ensconced in a Glasgow hotel room preparing for a sold-out show at the city’s Barrowlands venue and reflecting on a year in which he released his eighth album, the serene and reflective Hollow Meadows. Such feelings of contentment and inner peace are a welcome tonic after a recent history that’s seen one of Sheffield’s most famous sons endure a leg break, fight off a subsequent addiction to the prescription drug Tramadol and then suffer a back injury that led doctors to advise Hawley he might never walk again. The accident in 2013, in which he sustained a slipped disc, resulted in Hawley being forced to spend five months in bed, trapped in his own mind. It left the 48-year-old questioning his existence.
Richard Hawley – Hollow Meadows. by Mike Davies 17 September, 2015. Not many people could reference to a slaughterhouse in a song and still have it sound meltingly romantic. But, as we’ve known for years, Richard Hawley’s that extra bit special and Long Time Down, which features neighbour and friend Martin Simpson on slide guitar and banjo, is a gorgeous, reflective love song from the man with the honeyed baritone who holds the 21st century trademark for the term croon. Not that that has anything to do with the songs themselves, other than perhaps underscoring the air of reflection and nostalgia that pervades, not to mention the autobiographical input that informs album closer, What Love Means, a tender acoustic, harpsichord accompanied farewell to his daughter as she prepares to leave for university where you can detect a hint of a crack in the.
In 2012, songwriter Richard Hawley released Standing at the Sky's Edge, an album that proved a stark contrast to his earlier recordings, making a hard-rocking turn at psychedelia. In Great Britain it struck a collective chord and reached number three on the charts. Hollow Meadows, co-produced with guitarist Shez Sheridan and Colin Elliot, doesn't follow suit so much as integrate some of those sounds with those explored on his earliest records, in particular Late Night Final and Lowedges.
Richard Hawley’s heart lies in melancholic ballads from the other side of experience, and the bequiffed rockabilly crooner is headed straight for his comfort zone on Hollow Meadows. The eighth album by this Jim Reeves of Sheffield is romantic in a bruised, masculine way, redolent of northern pubs with frosted windows and beery sentimentality. Hawley wrote much of it while holed up with a broken leg and a bad back, which helps explain the mood of self-pitying reflection
Tracklist Hide Credits
|1||I Still Want You
Written-By – Hawley*, Sheridan*
|2||The World Looks Down||3:44|
|4||Serenade Of Blue||4:08|
|5||Long Time Down||5:39|
|6||Nothing Like A Friend||5:04|
|7||Sometimes I Feel||5:35|
|9||Welcome The Sun||6:17|
|10||Heart Of Oak||4:27|
|11||What Love Means
Written-By – Hawley*, Sheridan*
- Record Company – Warner Music Group
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Parlophone Records Ltd.
- Copyright (c) – Parlophone Records Ltd.
- Published By – BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
- Recorded At – Yellow Arch Studios
- Recorded At – Disgracelands, Sheffield
- Recorded At – Mu Studios
- Mixed At – Yellow Arch Studios
- Mixed At – Metropolis Studios
- Mixed At – Mu Studios
- Mastered At – Sound Mastering
- Banjo, Slide Guitar [Bown Weissenborn], Guest [Special Guest] – Martin Simpson (tracks: 5)
- Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Theremin, Synthesizer [Moog], Organ [Hammond], Mellotron, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Celesta [Celeste], Glockenspiel [Glock], Harpsichord, Cello, Harmonium, Harmony Vocals, Other [SWFC Key Ring] – Colin Elliot
- Cello, Guest [Special Guest] – Liz Hanks (tracks: 8)
- Design [Sleeve Design], Artwork – Nick Phillips
- Drums, Maracas – Dean Beresford
- Fiddle, Viola, Guest [Special Guest] – Nancy Kerr (tracks: 1, 2, 6)
- Management – Electric Canyon Management
- Mastered By – Duncan Cowell
- Mixed By – Colin Elliot
- Mixed By [Assistant] – Ben Zushi-Rhodes (tracks: 3, 5, 10)
- Organ [Elka Panther, Rheem Kee Bass], Guitar [Tenor Guitar, Danelectro Baritone, Eastwood Sidejack Baritone, Italia Hi-Strung, Fender Telecaster, PRS Tonare Grand Acoustic, Collings And Muiderman Acoustic Guitars, Epiphone Swingster, Gretsch Lap Steel], Mandola, Autoharp, Lyre [The Enchanted Lyre], Vibraphone, Harmony Vocals, Other [Dr Zoks Chaosometer] – Shez Sheridan
- Photography By – Chris Saunders
- Piano, Keyboards – Jon Trier*
- Producer – Colin Elliot (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 11), Jon Trier* (tracks: 8), Richard Hawley, Shez Sheridan (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 11)
- Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Martin Gregory Smith (tracks: 8)
- Recorded By – Colin Elliot, Shez Sheridan
- Synthesizer [Rheem Kee Super Bass], Guest [Special Guest] – Jarvis Cocker (tracks: 6)
- Tom Tom, Guest [Special Guest] – Martin Smith* (tracks: 8)
- Vocals [The Hicks St. Chip Chop Singers] – Bryan Day , Colin Elliot, Nancy Kerr, Rebecca Lucy Taylor*, Sally Doherty, Shez Sheridan
- Vocals, Guitar [Gretsch 6120, Gretsch Country Gentleman 12 String, Gibson ES335, ES225, ES295, Les Paul ES295 Gold Top, Eastwood Sidejack Baritone, Eastwood Sidejack 12 String, Danelectro Baritone, Rickenbacker 365, Fender Telecaster, Rosie's Telecaster, Atkin Custom Jumbo Acoustic, Gibson L-00 Acoustic, Collings Acoustic, Fylde "Mike Waterson" Custom Falstaff, Fylde "Highly Strung" Alexander Acoustic, PRS Tonare Grand Acoustic, Selmer Lap Steel], Lyre [The Enchanted Lyre], Effects [Harmonic Mesmerizer], Other [Lord Ting's Patent Randomizer], Written-By – Richard Hawley
NotesRecorded by Colin Elliot at Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield and Shez Sheridan in Disgracelands, Sheffield.
Mixed at Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield and Metropolis Studios, London [Tracks 4, 5, 10] assisted at Metropolis by Ben Zushi-Rhodes. Track 8 recorded and mixed at Mu studios,The Laundry Rooms, Sheffield.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Printed): 0 825646 054473
- Barcode (String): 0825646054473
- Barcode (Scanned): 825646054473
- Label Code: LC30419
- Rights Society: GEMA/MCPS
- Matrix / Runout: 0825646054473 AF00924-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
- Mastering SID Code: IFPI L574
- Mould SID Code: IFPI 9755
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