Toronto singer-songwriter Hayden has been perfecting his downer lyricism since he first hit the scene in the ’90s. In his breakout single “Bad As They Seem”, he famously lamented that he’d live with his parents til he was at least 43. Now that he’s actually reached that age, however, things don’t seem to be so bleak as he prepares to release his eighth studio album, Hey Love, due out March 24th via Arts & Crafts.
The 13-track effort’s lead single, “Nowhere We Cannot Go”, sees Hayden striving for hopefulness both musically and lyrically. Chiming piano chords and heartbeat drums open the track before Hayden’s trembling voice comes in, earnestly proclaiming the woes of trying to be a better person. Just as things seem to be helpless, waves of encouragement flood in as Hayden chants, “There’s nowhere that we cannot go.” It’s a rare and utterly delightful moment of hope in the songwriter’s otherwise brooding catalog. Listen in below.
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.