Title - Now And The Evermore [Blue Vinyl]
Artist - Colin Hay
For those not in the know, Compass Records Group is excited to announce the release on January 22nd, 2022 of Colin Hays’ brand new album, Now And The Evermore.
Possessing one of the most distinctive and recognizable voices on the planet, former Men at Work front-man Colin Hay faces down struggle, loss and the existential questions about mortality on Now And The Evermore, his first collection of new material since the 2016 release of Fierce Mercy.
Written and recorded in Hay’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles and at Compass Sound Studio in Nashville, the collection is a defiantly joyful celebration of life and love, one that insists on finding silver linings and reasons to smile through the challenges of recent times.
That’s not to say the record deludes itself about the realities of our modern world, but rather that it consistently chooses to respond to pain with beauty and doubt with wonder.
The music on the new album brims with fanciful melodies and lush orchestration. Hay’s performances are likewise animated and full of life, drawing on vintage pop charm, pub rock muscle, and folk sincerity to forge a sound that’s at once playful and profound, clever and compassionate, whimsical and earnest.
1. Now and the Evermore
2. Love Is Everywhere
3. Into the Bright Lights
4. The Sea of Always
5. Starfish and Unicorns
This tremendously personal, openly heartfelt, and always ambiently gorgeous new album opens on the sumptuously orchestrated hipsway of the title track Now and the Evermore and the melodiously free flowing Love Is Everywhere, which are followed by the languishing Into the Bright Lights, the foot tapper The Sea of Always, the first side of this beautiful blue vinyl rounding out on the atmospherically-charged balladry of Starfish and Unicorns.
6. A Man Without a Name
8. All I See Is You
9. Agatha Bell
10. When Does the End Begin?
The second side opens on the bright and soulfully breezy, percussion-embraced A Man Without a Name and then we get the aching balladry of Undertow, which is itself backed by the rhythmic, drum-led All I See Is You, the side coming to a close on the perky storytelling of love within Agatha Bell and the swarthy, countrified slide guitar-imbibed When Does the End Begin?
“Now And The Evermore is my newest album of songs,” Colin Hay reveals. “What I hope to convey with this record, is how grateful I feel, on a daily basis, to be still walking around on top of this planet. A planet which fills me with such awe and wonderment, mainly that the whole thing works so well, the whole push pull thing and expanding at the same time. Amazing.”
“The first thing you’ll hear on Now And The Evermore, is a drum fill played by Ringo Starr. This is terribly exciting, because for me growing up, there was The Beatles, and then there was everybody else. Some days I think we’re still trying to make something that’s as close as possible to Rubber Soul, when their creative wellspring was starting to bubble over.”
“With this new record, I have tried to make it sound as beautiful as I could. Sometimes beauty hurts, but it’s a good pain.”
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