Hayley Ross is an outlier, a one-off, a self-starter and quiet disruptor who refuses to be pinned down. And she’s about to release one of the most haunting albums of 2019, The Weight Of Hope, mixed by John (Stone Roses) Leckie, and mastered at Abbey Road studios.
Influenced from a very early age by the sonic drones of the Velvet Underground and the songwriting style of Suzanne Vega, Hayley’s sparse, reflective lo-fi creations wouldn’t sound out of place in a David Lynch movie.
When Barracuda Recordings heard her beautifully bare, home-recorded demo of “Fierce Love”, it quickly led to a record deal and became the lead track on her debut ep. It was later featured in MTVs ‘Awkward’.
Her 2nd ep featured the sublime ‘Barracuda’, which was inspired by a deep-sea swimming encounter where the creature and its wildness captured Hayley’s imagination. The ep includes ‘Go Slow’ ‘Kids Again’ & avant-garde pop genius MERZ’s remix of the lead track which was selected as the “Headphones Moment” on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music radio show and is featured on Laurens “Best of 2016” playlist.The original track was also used in the Sky one show ‘The Blacklist’.
BBC Introducing South have supported her massively with many plays and also several ‘song of the days’ and a live session.
Her live shows include touring Ireland with Duke Special, sell out headline shows in Brighton & opening up for MERZ & Mark Chadwick (The Levellers). Hayley has also recently worked with Paul Hartnol (Orbital) and sang on the Nick Cave and Warren Ellis soundtrack for ‘Wind River’ motion picture.
The Weight Of Hope is available to pre order and due for release in spring 2020.