Liam Hayes

Mi­rage Garage WEIRD VA­CA­TION. MC

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums Extra -

ON THE face of it, Liam Hayes is not a typ­i­cal garage rocker: much of his rep­u­ta­tion rests on the 2002 Plush al­bum, Fed, known more for the tor­tured ex­trav­a­gance of its record­ing than for its mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence. Since then, Hayes has pared back his baroque vi­sion to lev­els more eco­nom­i­cally vi­able for a cult out­sider. Re­cently re­lo­cated from Chicago to Los An­ge­les, he now records in a 4-track garage stu­dio, the bet­ter to ex­pose the frag­ile love­li­ness of his songs. The idea of Hayes as dis­trait heir to Jimmy Webb, al­beit one who was nur­tured along­side Will Old­ham, re­mains strong on songs like Ari­adne. But for the first time since 1994’s stag­ger­ing de­but sin­gle Found A Lit­tle Baby, there’s a touch of Third/Sis­ter Lovers on Amaz­ing As­tro­nauts and In Me/Again. How per­verse, too, that Mi­rage Garage, one of Hayes’ best ever sets, is cur­rently only avail­able on cas­sette via his web­site.

Hayes code: Liam flow­ers in Los An­ge­les.

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