Written and recorded mostly between 2004-2005 comes Paul Hayworth’s ‘The Going Away Album’. A concept album about human desire. Available on ‘electrocuted Wilma tunes’ the journey at the crossroads is ready to start all over again.
Review by IMN England (source deleted):
I could tell as soon as I pressed play on the first track of this album that I was going to fall in love with it. ‘The Going Away Album’ stands out more than any album I have heard in a while. This is the sound of sun-speckled drifting and summer trees. With beautiful lyrics such as ‘All the leaves on the trees were grey, All floating down the river on the boat of life’, the opening song sets you of on a warm-hearted journey through a cacophony of musical gorgeousness. The chorus is repetitive enough to draw you in and offer you something you can take hold of and sing along to at leisure; however, it is not in your face catchy; its hooks are subtler and all the better for it. Just like the ‘Magic Woman’ of the second track, this album will cast a spell on you for the duration of your listen, and this is a very pleasurable listen indeed.The third track, ‘New Virus’, has a particularly infectious and addictive beat and pulse to it, with deep, relaxing thuds punctuating the ever enjoyable vocal melodies. There’s mention in the lyrics of ‘waiting for something to happen’, however there is no sense of waiting around here; this is immediate and wonderful. The next track, ‘Go Away’, sounds different to the first three tracks on the album, with a piano melody and a steadier, gentler tune, with somewhat more agitated, emotional, more raw sounding vocals, and repeated motif of ‘I can’t keep on living this way’.The fifth track, ‘One Way’ is back to a more cheerful sound, although still tinged with ever so slight melancholy, a gentle rippling beat, and the idea that ‘the biggest sound is nothing’, even though this album is proof that Paul has no problem with making a significant impact via sound. ‘Orange’ is a musical piece, and though these sorts of things can often feel lost on an album, this particular piece feels well worth the while, and needs no lyricism to back it up, as the beauty of the lyrics on the rest of the album allow for the mood of the music in this piece to settle in nicely. You almost get the feeling that this track could serve as a long musical outro for the previous track, and an impressively pretty one at that.‘Mountain’, the longest track on the album, coming in at a monumental 11 minutes and 47 seconds, really does stand out musically, with nostalgic sounding lyrics kicking in about halfway through the song. This track is a prime example of how to get energy into a song without pushing or shouting or drumming it into the listener’s ears. The song certainly makes use of the fair amount of time given to it with lustre. The music in penultimate track, ‘Fountain’, sounds as beautiful, sweeping and flowing as the title would suggest, and the final song, ‘Sleepyhead’ is another empathetic sounding beauty.The album as a whole explores concepts of life and humanity, and does so effectively and empathetically, both through the use of words and sound. It reminds me faintly of The Go Betweens, which is possibly why I like it so much, but you will have to decide for yourselves what you think of it. This album is definitely designed for long, leisurely car journeys in the sleepiest, hottest part of summer. It is not one to miss out on, and I would recommend anyone with any interest in music to give it a good, long, rewarding listen.
released March 25, 2012
Loopi - Drums on 'One Way'
Phillip Quigley - Extra Guitars on 'Fountain'
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