Seeking Out Moondust: Hayden Thorpe Interviewed

Seeking Out Moondust: Hayden Thorpe Interviewed

Mapping out “the conference point in between science and faith …”


25 · 11 ·2021

Singer, songwriter, and guitar player Hayden Thorpe is deep in believed as I talk with him over the phone. Regardless of it being a Friday night, and with just a brief time designated to talk, Hayden remains in no rush. With every concern asked, Hayden takes a minute to thoroughly consider his response. It’s a viewpoint that rollovers into his progressing discography.

His fifteen-year stint in the indie rock band Wild Beasts saw Hayden work together and, in-turn, produce a heady-mix of some genuinely fascinating music through Domino Records that has actually unquestionably left a sonic tradition. Whilst remaining in the band blessed Thorpe and his bandmates with a wide variety of success, memories and relationships, the truths of band life lastly took their toll. “For desire of a much better word, it resembled residing in a cult sometimes. Fifteen years in a band can actually leave you dabbling your sense of self. Whilst in lots of methods you are linked, you aren’t a household. With that stated, I am grateful for those years, it offered me the essential job of continuously dealing with my craft”.

After leaving the band, Thorpe set to deal with his solo profession with the release of ‘Diviner’, an album that was composed in its totality throughout the latter minutes of his time with Wild Beasts. The album was symbolic of a screening however similarly important time from the Kendal-born artist, equating as an untangling procedure from Wild Beasts. For most of his time as an artist, Thorpe would extremely team up with those in his area, bouncing all concepts off his bandmates. Whilst at first intimidating, Thorpe now delights in the obstacle of being a solo artist: “It taught me that my concepts sufficed, to trust my ideas and keep up them”.

The impressive launching was met vital praise, seeing him explore all over, whilst supporting first-rate acts such as Jon Hopkins along the method. 2 years on he has another offering, ‘Moondust For My Diamond’, which he states draws from a conceptual tank with impacts varying from “the conference point in between science and faith, the grand battle for truth that forms a lot of our time.” It’s an incredible release that equals, if not sticks out from, his previous work. Thorpe is leaving a long lasting tradition that stands testimony to the act of taking dangers, accepting yourself, and utilizing music as a tool to speak up on the problems that matter most in society.

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‘ Moondust For My Diamond’ is out now.

Words: Josh Crowe

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