Urban folk artist Boz Hayward releases 5th Album

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For his fifth album Boz Hayward has produced his most evocative and richly arranged collection of urban folk to date. Again gathering the diverse talents of his Bozchestra, the fourteen songs of Light and Dark range from soaring country-influenced melodies (I’m Coming Home) to sparse, atmosheric odes to the countryside (On A Hayfield Hillside) via whimsical recreations of British cult film classic The Wicker Man (Slapping Willow).

The record conjures a wealth of eccentric English folk-pop comparisons – the rich, varied melodicism of Penguin Café, the sideways observations of Vivian Stanshall and the effortless songcraft of fellow Mancunians I Am Kloot or Elbow.

Each song is sculpted into full life by a variety of instruments ranging from mariachi acoustic bass, dulcimer, lap-slide guitar, glockenspiel and inventive human beatboxing.

Last year’s Shortscores album showcased Hayward’s talent for instrumental film soundtracks, Light and Dark is a reminder of his talent for classic yet unpredictable pop songs.