Fairhazel – 7×7 – New Video
Communion Singles Club –
Fairhazel is the moniker of London-based musical nomad Hugh Macdonald, who releases 7×7, his exciting debut effort, as part of Communion’s Singles Club.
Raised in Cape Town, London and Paris, Fairhazel takes inspiration from the many different cultures surrounding him during his youth. The cobbled streets of Paris, the openness of Cape Town, the introversion of London – all this feeds into his music, which blurs genre lines, combining both minimalist production and expansive instrumentation.
Fairhazel has spent the past few years Stateside, crossing the pond to attend Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, following in the footsteps of musical trailblazers ranging from St Vincent and Quincy Jones to Ramin Djawadi, the man behind the Game Of Thrones theme.
Releasing music under his birth name for several years, Fairhazel has performed at TEDx talks and for Sofar, as well as playing countless gigs across the US and the UK. But while it was in Boston where his musical talents developed, it’s in London that his new project has fully taken shape.
New single 7×7 draws inspiration from the Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which details a Buddhist’s journey from death to reincarnation. Similarly, the song acts as a perfect introduction to the birth of Fairhazel.
7×7 showcases Fairhazel’s hushed, reverent tones, reminiscent of Illinois-era Sufjan Stevens, as he sings of “breaking free” from “routine days” to a place of enlightened “knowledge of humanity”.
Likewise, The Director’s Daughter, the B-side of the release, details similarly profound journeys, both literal and figurative, searching for love and meaning while exploring new places and relationships.
7×7 is now out digitally and on vinyl later this month
This year’s Singles Club releases are available to buy as a subscription from communionmusic.co.uk (for £20, which also includes a poster of the year’s singles, at the end of the year), as well as standalone vinyl releases, and of course on all digital platforms.