#991: 2003, Richard Hawley, The Only Road

by Charlie_East_West on February 23, 2015

My brain: “Right then, East-West, you have a musical mission if you seek to accept it. I want to listen to some music. I want to listen to music that sounds like 1960’s music hall Las Vegas and Sheffield at the same time. I want to listen to love songs that are poetic and full of resonance, rather than vacuous pop. I want to hear influences of Elvis Presley, Scott Walker, Neil Hannon and Elvis Costello. I want some background orchestra that sounds lush and tender, and not like an over produced backing track to an X Factor finalist. Oh yes, one final request…the music must be made by someone called Richard.”

Me: “Easy. Richard Hawley.”

Last night, BBC Four showed an archive footage documentary called Love Is All: 100 Years of Love and Courtship – in a similar style to last year’s From Scotland With Love, soundtracked by King Creosote, Love Is All showcased an archive trip through the universal theme of love – a celluloid story of love and courtship since the birth of the movie camera. It was set to a wonderful soundtrack by Richard Hawley. I cannot think of anyone better to soundtrack such a documentary.

I love Richard Hawley. He is a one off. He sounds like nothing else. The world is full of beige-like over produced musical humanoids, and then there is Richard Hawley to remind us all that music can be wonderful and original.

My chosen song is The Only Road from Hawley’s 2003 album Lowedges. It is a gorgeous little song. It sums up perfectly why I love Richard Hawley.

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George_East February 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

The director of that documentary, Kim Longinotto is superb – check out Divorce Iranian Style and Gaea Girls, just for two.


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