Hayden Thorpe - 'Moondust For My Diamond'

7/10

Since the disbandment of his formative outfit Wild Beasts in 2018, frontman Hayden Thorpe was quick to establish himself as the artist he wanted to become moving forward. His 2019 debut LP 'Diviner' quickly made a mark as one of the more intrinsic and captivating releases of that year, showing all of us that his direction away from the Beasts was going to be something more adventurous and alluring. Now after a few years to figure out his next move, he returns with his hotly-tipped sophomore album 'Moondust For My Diamond', a record that builds on the shimmering energy of the first.

In the run up to this new collection, Hayden Thorpe chose to shot all of his music videos in the Lake District. Not just where he was raised but clearly a bold inspiration behind the full-length's tranquil aesthetic. From the very start, 'Moondust For My Diamond' has this ethereal quality running through it, an almost empty but beautifully arranged release, not too dissimilar from the scenery that influenced it. While it doesn't quite leap out at you like his initial offering did, it sees him capture a more dense and atmospheric direction this time around, delivering rich and powerful soundscapes as often as possible.

It certainly feels like Hayden Thorpe is in the middle of a musical evolution with this record. Marking a clear distinction between his time in Wild Beasts and now, he is beginning to show his true creative colours with a raw and uncompromising vigour that will ultimately see him progress even further within his solo guise.

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