Squaring Circles, Songs For Walter’s (AKA Laurie Hulme’s) 7th free single, is written for all those trying to please unscrupulous bosses and working un-paid over time in the age of the austerity, zero hours contracts and the gig-economy.
The song tackles the way that workers in both the public and private sector are being put under increasing professional and economic pressure in these difficult times. “I feel these kinds of practices are becoming normalised...it’s like in the 1980s when people were under such pressure to perform they would leave their coats on the back of the chair to seem as though they were still working late into the night” explains Laurie. The accompanying video for the single shows Hulme playing the song, in an abandoned office late at night.
In juxtaposition to the dark subject matter, Songs for Walter’s latest offering is a departure from his acoustic folk-pop; a carefree, jangly, indie pop affair, recalling prime Teenage Fanclub or The Lemonheads.
Squaring Circles features the drumming expertise of Andrew Cheetham (Jane Weaver, Kiran Leonard) and was mixed by the talented Phil Kay (Working For A Nuclear Free City’s and film/advertising composer). “It was great to have Phil onboard,” exclaims Laurie. “He gave the song an added dimension, introducing synths and recoding on tape, which has given it a real warmth”.
This single follows ‘Earwigging’, released in April 2017 and played by various 6Music DJs (Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Steve Lamacq).
In 2016, Songs For Walter released his self-titled debut album to much critical praise and set the sonic wheels in motion embarking upon a full European tour. The past 18 months have helped inspire a move from songs previously shaped by the influence of tales told by Laurie’s grandfather to his own views on the world. Living the life of the artist on the road, Songs for Walter remains staunchly DIY. Laurie’s travels have seen countless miles clocked up in a rental van, friends made, new places found, and many escapades had, from dimly-lit backstreets to barn parties in ancient towns.
In today’s 100mph world, Songs For Walter is making music as it’s meant to be made. Songs that grow from experience, provoke thoughts and yet, through a ferocious work ethic, continue to evolve with their own timeless quality. Squaring Circles is just the next part of Songs For Walter’s ever-expanding world, and once again eyes and ears will be opened, pulling everyone along for the ride