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Sunday 25 October 2020

Moving All Around: Brighton's Hayley Ross Raises Her Game With A New Darker, Rootsier Palette Of Sounds

Hayley Ross is trading her dreamy south-coast trademarks for a darker, rootsier palette of sounds on her forthcoming EP.


Lead track Moving All Around is a song about living in a state of transience and yearning for a life less complicated, when writing the song Hayley found herself seeking escape from the humdrum of the day-to-day in a world completely different to her own. 

Developing a fascination in the evocative photography of Tim Richmond and his documentary project "The Last Best Hiding Place… A Contemporary Look at the American West; the unique landscapes and people he captured soon began to filter intrinsically into her own work. 

"This imagery inspired the whole feel" says Hayley. 

"I just wanted to live in his shots. I liked how I felt when I looked at them. Wide open spaces, small towns, dust and heat."

With a distinct Americana touch more than detectable in the dusty roots-rock of: Moving All Around, its companions on the forthcoming eponymously-titled EP showcase a singer whose confidence and spirit of adventure is only growing.

The dusky, sinister late-night grooves of All These Things, finds Hayley revelling in "the darker elements of what can come as part of the package that is love and being in love with a person… being flawed, impulsive, reactive and sometimes at the mercy of our own emotions." 


Coupling tex-mex traits with the surf-rock stylistics of sixties gunslingers like Link Wray and The Tornados; the addition of a theremin from Nick Pynn offers a haunting compliment to the smoky noir of Hayley's vocals.

Elsewhere, Hope That I'm Wrong, closes the collection with a wistful reflection on "missing places and people from periods in your life that you can never get back to… like childhood, when it's over, it's over and it's gone."
  
Reminiscent of Beth Orton in her majestic Trailer Park era, the song was written in under ten minutes while Hayley rehearsed for an acoustic show one evening. 

While its sparse arrangements place Hayley's tender vocal and spindled guitar work squarely in the spotlight, the stirring cello section heard was added later by Joe Giddey and compounds the song's essence of vulnerability and fragility.

The Moving All Around EP will bookend a prolific year of activity for the Brighton singer, which all began with the release of her acclaimed debut album: The Weight of Hope

While the live music scene remains in limbo, to mark the release of Moving All Around, Hayley will be preparing a filmed album playback at The Loft at Ooosh tours, Brighton. 

Performing her album in tracklist order, Hayley will also be playing Lay Me Down with a pianist live for the first time. 

Earning support from the notorious Idles Af Gang community on Facebook, on 11th November Hayley will also be taking part in a live Q&A with Brian Mimpress of the group to talk about the new EP release and more. Join the chat here. 

by: Mike Cobley




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