Today BMG release ‘My Little Treasures’, the second song to be made available from Richard Hawley’s forthcoming album, ‘Further’.
‘My Little Treasures’ finds Hawley at his most sentimental and romantic. The song is based on the deep personal experience of encountering two of his father’s oldest friends following the latter’s death in 2007, and the complexities of emotions associated with that time.
“The song’s about true love and loyalty. It’s easy to dismiss those small, almost molecular moments in our lives, but in those moments people show you their heart, and that’s so important,” says Hawley.
Filmed in a park in Hawley’s beloved Sheffield, the accompanying visual has a Super 8 home movie quality. It is a salute to Hawley’s two dogs and walking companions, both of whom have cameras attached to them. It’s the extensive walks with his four-legged friends, in woods near his home, that inspire many of Hawley’s songwriting ideas.
My Little Treasures is taken from Hawley’s eighth studio album, Further. The album marks a departure for Hawley who has, to date, named all his albums after Sheffield icons or landmarks. Challenging himself to keep things relatively up-tempo and keep the songs to about three minutes long, Further is quite possibly his most forthright album to date, clocking in at under 40 minutes.
Richard Hawley will premiere songs from the new album at his first London shows for four years, when he plays two sold out nights at EartH in Hackney on 6th and 7th May. More dates to be announced soon.
My Little Treasures is the centrepiece of the hugely successful musical Standing At The Sky’s Edge, the musical that bears the name of Hawley’s sixth studio album, which recently finished its sold out run at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre. Featuring 20 Hawley songs (including three from the new album), the musical chronicles the life of three families who live on the city’s Park Hill estate across three generations. It is a local story that covers global issues. Receiving across the board acclaim – awarded 4 stars in The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Observer and Metro – it is the most successful musical at the Crucible since it opened in 1948.
It continues Hawley’s journey beyond pure musical performance and into the world of stage and screen – something which he has begun with his increasing soundtrack work on films such as 2018’s Funny Cow (starring Maxine Peake) and Denmark (starring Rafe Spall and due out later this year).
Further will be available on CD, LP, Limited Edition Orange LP, Limited Edition Picture Disc, digital download and streaming services