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NEWS: Lou Hayter Announces Debut Album Private Sunshine + Shares New Single Time Out Of Mind


Effortlessly hopscotching between vintage acid and 80s Rn’B, insouciant Francophone pop and twinkling electro house, Lou Hayter has delivered something at once utterly unique and defiantly timeless with “Private Sunshine”, her much anticipated debut solo LP, released in May on Skint Records.


It has been a long time coming for London native Hayter, who first made her mark professionally as keyboardist in the hugely successful, Mercury Music Prize nominated New Young Pony Club. However, it’s through her subsequent output that she started to distil and refine her idiosyncratic tastes; certainly, you can can hear hints of both the New Sins, the 80’s New Wave duo she formed with Nick Phillips, and Tomorrow’s World, the swooning Gallic pop act she fronts alongside Air’s JB Dunckel, in this, her remarkable debut.


Full to bursting with evocative electro-soul love letters to her home town of London alongside addictive disco torch ballads, it’s like early Madonna meeting Mr Fingers or, Jam & Lewis producing Jane Birkin – something beautiful and melancholic yet sharply modern and new. Nowhere else is this better epitomised than on new single “Time Out of Mind”, which gives the Steely Dan a warmly sassy, strutting makeover to dazzling effect.


In her words:


Steely Dan are my favourite band. So I approached this cover with my utmost respect and tried to be reverent. I chose a bit more of a deep cut from their album Gaucho. My friend Jeff Wooton who plays with Gorillaz very kindly added this mega guitar solo on the record, he nailed it in one take which was amazing to watch. I hope it has the same happy sunshine sound that Steely Dan brings to me when I listen to them.


From the woozy, lysergic harmonies of opener “Cherry on Top”, which sound like a beloved old cassette unravelling, to the fizzy, infectious “Cold Feet”, which calls to mind Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam at their most heartworn, taken in toto the album perfectly nails the essence of gorgeously nostalgic synth-pop with a twist; crisp, stylish and sophisticated music which heralds the next chapter of Lou Hayter quite nicely, actually. Her retro-futuristic results will give 2021 the pop fix it so desperately needs.

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