Hemi Hemingway – The Lonely Hunter
LP – DL
‘London-based New Zealand artist Shaun Blackwell delivers a glittering six-track ode to sixties pop, as part heartbroken crooner, part emotional explorer, Hemi Heminway.’ Fighting Boredom have been listening, read what we thought below.
There’s a full moon in the sky, the tarmac of the city streets is cracked and pot holed just like my heart. There’s a trio of girls on the corner, their hair piled high and their eyes ringed with khol. A red Cadillac passes by slowly, sweet soul slipping along in its slipstream. This is the world that these songs live in, broken hearts, Ronettes and Shangri-las, perfectly combed hair and stiletto heels.
The arrangements have an echo of the crazed lunatic Spector and the sound is just perfect for his crooning, pleading, sorrowful vocals.
Six songs of longing unrequited love. One cover that cements the feel of the record. What more is there to say. I love it.
All words by Adrian Bloxham.