Haydon Spenceley - Circles

Published Wednesday 24th December 2008
Haydon Spenceley - Circles
Haydon Spenceley - Circles

STYLE: Dance/Electronic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 52690-14890
LABEL: Independent
RELEASE DATE: 2009-01-12

Reviewed by Martin I Smith

The debut album from Northampton singer/songwriter and ex-lead vocalist of Freeslave, 'Circles' is a record that passionately resists the temptation to remain in any comfortable ground forged through past musical ventures. Unlike the guitar-driven rock of Freeslave, the style of Haydon's solo debut is one composed of electronic pop melodies and ballads, and also ambient soundscapes, containing a couple entirely instrumental tracks ("Overture", "Opus"). Haydon's dry bluesy vocals find a suitable new home amongst moody synth lines, together producing a noticeably dark tone in many of the tracks. This distinct electronic, futuresque darkness forms an expressive voice that leads the more emotionally turbulent songs into brilliance, such as in the desperate and brilliant "Life's Great Test", which finds Haydon confessing with honesty, "precious love now forgotten, I'm failing life's great test." While the album is not afraid to explore moments of darkness, neither does it find the pitfall of nondescript gloom. Tracks such as "Here And Now" and "Let Me Out" provide a counter-balance of upbeat grooves that are as positively danceable as they are memorable. 'Circles' professes a courageous musical manifesto of ingenuity and God-centered honesty. Though as with any debut album, the artist's craft is yet to be perfected, the foundations established here are not only strong but also immensely enjoyable.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Reader Comments

Posted by C in UK @ 23:24 on Jan 17 2009

i would love to listen to it- sounds great. Cheers, Martin.

The opinions expressed in the Reader Comments are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms.

Add your comment

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.


Connect with Cross Rhythms by signing up to our email mailing list

Press Forward, Now!
Cross Rhythms Media Training Centre
Artists & DJs A-Z
# A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z #
Or keyword search


Intercession Room
Care for other people and shake heaven in our Intercession Room