[A day delayed due to having been assaulted and semi-mugged.]
In October last year I mentioned that Darren Hayman was to release a new CD January this year, entitled Pram Town. It’s now out, and as with his previous albums it’s been getting good reviews. I’ve only heard a few of the songs, but it seems like it’s pretty decent, and it seems like this song – which is this week’s featured piece – might be one of the best ones on it.
A catchy, slightly melancholy song about a small-time band that will probably never get anywhere, but that’s loved locally. The computer slash robot voice at the end is what really makes the song. Still hoping for another fully electronic affair á la The French from Darren Hayman, but seems like he’s comfortable doing laid back down-to-earth do-it-yourself laptop folk-pop.
This isn’t a solo album as he’s joined by his back-up band which is called The Secondary Modern, but I’m curious as to whether or not they were really needed for this; he seems capable of playing a wide array of instruments pretty decently himself, as demonstrated on his full solo efforts such as the Great Holiday EPs and Table For One. But a band is certainly useful if you want a more bombastic sound when performing live.