ALBUM REVIEW: Haley – Pleasureland | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 12.10.18





From the synthesised amusement park-style jaunty opener Credit Forever, it’s clear that we are on a different kind of ride than we’re used to with the artist formerly known as Haley Bonar. The classical piano leanings of Give Yourself Away turn into haunting Twin Peaks Black Lodge style atmospherics, paving the way for an album full of surprises.

An instrumental record might not be what we were expecting from the Minnesotan resident, but at just 27 minutes, Haley can hardly be accused of self-indulgence. The raw production and intimate piano and sax tinkering of Pig Latin is a highlight, whilst the lush melodic guitar of Infinite Pleasure Part 2 was a misleading single, being one of only two guitar-led tracks.


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