Prior to his hugely successful and prolific solo career, Nick Hayward came to prominence as the frontman of percolating pop-funk new wave group Haircut 100, a foundational part of the 80s pop explosion. They released four UK Top 10 hit singles, with their debut album 'Pelican West' reaching no. 2 in the UK album charts, no. 31 in USA's Billboard 200, and ending up being certified platinum by BPI, with Nick gracing the cover of pacesetting style magazine The Face.
And now Nick finally releases his eagerly anticipated solo album 'Woodland Echoes', on Gladsome Hawk label, his first solo album in eighteen years available on CD, deluxe mediabook CD and LP vinyl. Recordings for what would become Nick's ninth album started in his son Oliver Heyward's studio, continued in award-winning producer and engineer Ian Shaw's boat-studio in Key West, Florida and were completed back in the UK at The Who and Oasis' drummer Zac Starkey’s recording studio. The album was affected by Florida's abundant beauty and Nick's passion for the natural world, making 'Woodland Echoes’ an album of exceptional warmth and intimacy, that sounds - as he says - “like it should be on vinyl”.
The album follows up on a string of successful solo records, starting with ‘North of a Miracle’, co-produced by The Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, which reached no. 10 on the UK album chart. In contrast with his eccentric pop days with Haircut 100, it explored a sound that, in ambition and lushness, was closer to The Beatles than to the new-wave jazz-funk fusion of his former band. With his album ‘From Monday to Sunday’ achieving his first American hit in the 90s with ‘Kite’, it reached no. 2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart. The follow-up, ‘Tangled’, was named by NME one of the best albums of 1995.
'Woodland Echoes' represents the masterful culmination of the last ten years of Nick Heyward's solo career, drawing together the strength of his expertly crafted songwriting and gifted lyricism in what is one of the most captivating releases of the year. Nick's return will affirm his membership in the pantheon of classic pop songwriters.