THE SHIP'S PIANO (FORTUNA POP)
Following his January Songs project Darren continues one of his busiest years with a brand new solo album of subtle, drifting piano ballads called The Ship's Piano available as deluxe fold out card sleeve and on LP.
More info about The Ship's Piano in Darren Hayman's own words: "In November 2009, I had this thing happen to me, where I ended up in hospital with a fractured skull.
For a few months I felt constantly dizzy and was diagnosed with some deafness in one ear.
Sharp, loud noises bothered me greatly. I was told to rest and do nothing; but who knows how to do that? Music always helps when I'm ill, so I started to make the simplest, quietest music to help me recuperate.
I tried to make the music that I wanted to hear, which is perhaps what we should always do, but in this case there was a direct therapeutic need.
I avoided any jagged edges. I kept imagining the sounds I wanted as round and smooth, like well-worn pebbles.
Lyrically, I also found myself eschewing conceptual and metaphoric character-led songs.
I started to write the simplest and most direct words in the first person, something I have avoided for a few years.
If you are a songwriter and something bad happens to you, people say, "You can write a song about it at least." They mean well, but the big events in life have to seep out gradually with me and not in urgent, confessional bursts.
The songs on this record are pleas for calm. As I get older I find I prefer small, quiet things."