Richard Hawley’s new album to feature Jarvis Cocker, Slow Club’s Rebecca and kids playing football

'Hollow Meadows' follows 2012's Mercury Prize-nominated 'Standing at the Sky's Edge'

Sheffield musician Richard Hawley has revealed details of his next album.

Titled ‘Hollow Meadows’, the record will be released on September 11 via Parlophone. It’s Hawley’s eighth studio LP, following on from 2012’s Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’.

Hawley confirmed the news of his upcoming album in this week’s issue of NME, available digitally and on newsstands now.


Speaking about the ethos behind the record, Hawley said: “For me, I’ve found that the simpler I make things, the easier it is to live your life, and to not get bogged down in things that are beyond your control. Just make the music, stick it out and hope you make some friends. It’s not complicated, I don’t think. There’s something quite honourable about that as well.”

He added that influence for writing the songs came from a recent period of ill health. “I broke my leg and I fucked my back up,” he revealed. “I actually spent months and months not being able to move and it made me think about things a lot.”

“That kind of confinement, it could make you quite negative and I’ve been concentrating on trying to think about good things. Balance your inner being with the outer world and make an equilibrium between the two. That sounds like real complicated bullshit but trust me, when you’re laying on your back, not being able to move for four-and-a-half months, the weird shit that runs through your head is quite odd.”

Hawley also revealed some of the guests set to feature on the record, stating that it’ll include contributions from Pulp‘s Jarvis Cocker, Slow Club singer Rebecca Taylor and the sound of his children “playing football”.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW: How A Broken Leg And “Fucked Up Back” Helped Richard Hawley Shape His New Album