ALBUM REVIEW: Hamish Hawk – Heavy Elevator | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 17.09.21

 

 

 

 

 

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Hamish Hawk is a storyteller. His lyrics spin eloquent yarns in his distinctive and unapologetically Scottish drawl, atop musical textures spanning from Matt Berry-esque whimsical pop via jangly rock and roll and motorik post-punk.

There’s significant DNA in common with The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon or King Creosote, and Hawk’s characters, writ large throughout Heavy Elevator, are diverse and more autobiographical than before. His lyrics and syntax are never obvious and his turn of phrase is delightful, demonstrated wonderfully by song titles like The Mauritian Badminton Doubles Champion, 1973 and This, Whatever It Is, Needs Improvement. Heavy Elevator will be one of the most interesting and unique albums released this year.

 

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