10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Darren Hanlon is an Australian songwriter who finds odd little points to ponder within the big picture. His simple folk melodies are the perfect vehicle for his dry, expressive delivery. “Modern History” sounds like a classic mid-tempo rock ‘n’ roll song with chirpy harmonies coursing through Hanlon’s lesson for the day. “Scenes From a Separation” has a measured flow and vocals that remain calm as the details describe an atmosphere that’s not nearly so smooth. “All These Things” includes call-and-response vocals that are reminiscent of Jonathan Richman. “House” is a desolate song about a relationship that’s no longer in effect. “Folk Insomnia” and “Butterfly Bones” turn to the humorous side of folk. “If Only My Heart Were Made of Stone” is a quick-stepping country number about the downside of love. “Buy Me Presents” has a skiffle sound to pump up its sales pitch. “What Can We Say?” is a sweet piano-based number that emphasizes Hanlon’s compassionate voice that sounds like the perfect everyman in action.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Darren Hanlon is an Australian songwriter who finds odd little points to ponder within the big picture. His simple folk melodies are the perfect vehicle for his dry, expressive delivery. “Modern History” sounds like a classic mid-tempo rock ‘n’ roll song with chirpy harmonies coursing through Hanlon’s lesson for the day. “Scenes From a Separation” has a measured flow and vocals that remain calm as the details describe an atmosphere that’s not nearly so smooth. “All These Things” includes call-and-response vocals that are reminiscent of Jonathan Richman. “House” is a desolate song about a relationship that’s no longer in effect. “Folk Insomnia” and “Butterfly Bones” turn to the humorous side of folk. “If Only My Heart Were Made of Stone” is a quick-stepping country number about the downside of love. “Buy Me Presents” has a skiffle sound to pump up its sales pitch. “What Can We Say?” is a sweet piano-based number that emphasizes Hanlon’s compassionate voice that sounds like the perfect everyman in action.

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About Darren Hanlon

A veteran of the Australian music scene, having completed stints as a supporting guitarist and keyboard player for the Lucksmiths, the Simpletons, the Deerhunters, and Mick Thomas, singer/songwriter Darren Hanlon officially stepped out on his own in 1999. A charming and clever songwriter, drawing comparisons to Evan Dando and Billy Bragg, Hanlon wasted little time in establishing himself as a compelling songwriter with his observational wit and memorable pop hooks. Releasing his Early Days EP in 2000, he quickly gained recognition within the Australian indie music scene (his album topping the country's independent charts) and began touring Europe and the United States shortly thereafter. In 2002, his full-length debut, Hello Stranger, a wonderful mix of folk-rock and quirky songwriting, was released to comparably favorable reviews. Little Chills arrived in 2004, followed by Fingertips & Mountaintops (2006), and a collection of B-sides and rarities called Pointing Ray Guns at Pagans (2009). In September of 2010, Hanlon released I Will Love You at All for his new label home Yep Roc. It would be five years before Hanlon returned with his next full length. Where Did You Come From? surfaced in early 2015, a collection of storytelling tunes realized during a trip through the United States, including an extensive artist's residency in Washington. ~ Matt Fink

  • ORIGIN
    Australia

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