After recently unveiling his first single for eighteen years, Nick Heyward now promises a new album, Woodland Echoes.
The double A-side ‘Mountaintop’ and ‘Baby Blue Sky’ was the first offering from the album, which is due for release on 4th August. A-side ‘Mountaintop’ is inspired by a poignant mountaintop scene in Sam Wood’s 1939 film Goodbye, Mr Chips, but was written at sea-level and infused with his love for the rootsy sound of Americana. While on the flip side ‘Baby Blue Sky’ is inspired by living and recording on a houseboat in Key West. Featuring ABC guitarist Matt Backer on guitars. Nick describes working with him as a chance to “express their mutual love of the Rubinoos, Big Star and 70’s guitar power pop.”
The accompanying video for ‘Baby Blue Sky’ was filmed entirely on Nick and his fiancee’s mobile phones. Featuring footage of Nick’s American band, it gives us a snapshot of his life in Key West, where he recorded much of the album. “I love the sense of freedom” Nick enthuses, “here we are in 2017 and we can make a video ourselves on our phone and edit it on our computer. I loved the whole process and the lack of rules or formulas.”
Back in the 80’s, Nick’s band Haircut 100 released four UK Top 10 hit singles, with their debut album Pelican West reaching No. 2 in the UK album charts.
● Woodland Echoes is released on 4 August via Gladsome Hawk. Click on the link below to pre-order.