Up After Dark

Mr Haynes
Release date
25 Aug 2009
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Wasted Mouth 3:46 51
2 Waiting Here 4:15 317
3 Life Looking At Screens 4:13 32
4 Brazil, 1970 4:56 61
5 Please Be Happy 3:02 31
6 White Shirt, Pencil Skirt 3:49 187
7 Someday 5:33 29
8 If All Else Fails Tonight 5:01 33
9 The City That I Know 4:43 291
10 Wake-Up Call 3:53 42

About this album

ALBUM NOTES by The Olde Wee Plinth

On his debut outing, Mr Haynes has submitted 10 beautiful songs, magically blended into a full-length album that is immediately wallowable.

Turn off the lights. Find some headphones, give this record to your ever-hungry hifi and give it the attention you deserve. I’ll show you around.

Originally an cheerful acoustic number, Wasted Mouth is expanded here to a four-to-the-floor disco stomper, but with a million backwards pianos floating around each other. Be sure to listen out for the backing vocals on the chorus, recorded during a full-on cold. After a sparkling outro, we are soon into Waiting Here, a beautiful, glittering sun-baked song of longing, as simultaneously 80s as it is contemporary. Electric pianos flicker and electric drums grind below real drums to lay down a sexy, laid-back groove.

Enjoy the pleasure while it lasts though, as the solitary bass drum and distant pianos of Life Looking At Screens soon bring everything back down to earth. Here’s the writer, waking up to the TV, spending eight hours a day in an office, checking texts, checking emails, wondering when all the things that were supposed to enhance life ended up taking it over. You won’t find the answers here. But you will find Brazil, 1970 - a football highlights soundtrack if ever there was one. New Order style bass, a mysterious ambience and no chorus. Possibly the greatest five minutes of your life. So far.

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