ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Hayman – Thankful Villages Volume 3 | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 09.11.18







A challenging topic for a concept album, let alone a trilogy of them, Darren Hayman has certainly been original with his project of investigating British rural life in the Thankful Village series. Now onto his final segment Hayman continues to find inspiration in normality, pushing us further into experimentation.

Initially difficult to find a way into, Volume 3 eventually shines as, not only a great album, but also a true example of the power of perseverance in art. Layering his work with Eno-styled interesting sounds and slight electronics, Hayman slowly takes us on a geography field trip of rural Britain via sound recordings made with local village dwellers. Volume 3 becomes a compelling recording of a history changing before our eyes. Odd, interesting and highly emotional. 


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