Alt-folk Songwriter Lawson Hull Unveils the Earthy and Intimate New EP ‘Mountain Days’
February 10, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Today, Australian alt-folk songwriter Lawson Hull releases his earthy and intimate Mountain Days EP via Nettwerk. The seven-song release serves as a snapshot in time and plays out like a heartfelt journal entry for the artist to keep these special memories fresh in his mind. The title is taken from a time he spent living on a little mountain in the Watagan Ranges of New South Wales, Australia and serves as the thesis for Lawson’s creative vision. Listen to Mountain Days on all digital retailers (here).
“Isolated in nature, the songs of the EP are bound together by all the things that make writing up here feel special,” Lawson reflects. “It’s running up the mountain between bouts of creative block. It’s the getting distracted by squabbling parrots out the window. The hosting of backyard parties with bonfires and loud music, or a quiet cup of tea in the morning with my wife.”
Singles “Canada ‘17” and “Time Zones” embrace the joy of wanderlust while “Wanna Be With You,” and Simple Life” magnify the beauty and innocence of falling in love. Altogether Lawson weaves a warm and expansive world for listeners to get lost in.
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Describing himself as “an Aussie take on Tom Petty, but half as good”, Lawson Hull’s modesty does little to conceal his immense musical and lyrical talent. Warm, atmospheric, and spacious, Lawson’s music oozes comfort, and places him amongst Australia’s greatest contemporary indie folk voices: think Angus and Julia Stone, Boy and Bear and #1 Dads.
The Central Coast-based artist merges fascinating prose with cinematic production and artful songcraft on his 2021 EP, Hangin’ Out with Cowboys. Personally, he’s “not much for cowboy hats.” However, much like the title suggests, he’s got a few friends who are. This body of work bottles the expanse of the outback’s breathtaking vistas into robust guitars, dreamy beats, and chantable hooks. With a little poetic license and tasteful embellishment, Lawson’s deft and dynamic storytelling brings these tracks to life with all the gusto of a classic flick.
Since the EP, Lawson has gifted us with an acoustic version of the much beloved “Mexico,” produced by Byron Bay’s Garrett Kato. Then, in mid-2022, he teamed up with Hein Cooper on “Maze,” a heady track that ruminates on an exhausting and isolating struggle with anxiety and self-doubt: “I got caught in the maze again”. Before that, we heard “Sweetheart,” a collaboration with Nashville songwriter and producer Old Sea Brigade. The track tells the story of a man reminiscing on the earlier days of a relationship. A connection that was once intimate and warm has now turned distant, with Lawson pleading “sweetheart, you’re slipping through my hands.” With performances alonside Julia Stone, Riley Pearce and Hein Cooper over the past year, Lawson Hull proves himself one to watch.
Now, Lawson returns with his newly announced EP Mountain Days. Mountain Days represents a time and place; memories from living on a little mountain in the Watagan Ranges of New South Wales. “Isolated in nature, the songs of the EP are bound together by all the things that make writing up here feel special,” Lawson reflects. “It’s running up the mountain between bouts of creative block. It’s the getting distracted by squabbling parrots out the window. The hosting of backyard parties with bonfires and loud music, or a quiet cup of tea in the morning with my wife.”
Media Praise For Lawson Hull…
“With a twangy guitar, modern indie-folk melodies, and an unforgettable dream pop sound, Hull … embarks on an emotional joyride filled with otherworldly bliss.”
– The Luna Collective
“…a sun-drenched dip into a more heartland rock realm, channeling the likes of Tom Petty as well as contemporaries like Kevin Morby…”
– The Indie Machine
“His lyrics speak of breakdowns and confessionals with heart-breaking realizations.”
– Big Takeover
“…rooted in folk and dream pop melodies…”
– Culture Collide
“a career lifting release”
– Our Culture
“Combining folk and dream pop sounds, infused with hints of country and 70’s rock, the release feels like it could be a lost Fleetwood Mac release.”
“Sometimes all you need from a song are some intricate guitar twangs, ethereal harmonies and relatable as hell lyrics to really get you going…Fans of the likes of Iron & Wine and Damien Rice will feel at home here.”
— Hrmny Presents
“Fans of modern indie folk music are going to enjoy this one a great deal.”
– Ear To the Ground