Out somewhere beyond sumptuous, such a rich voice, and song-writing that takes you back to some non-specific good old days, the result is somehow contemporary and yet at least 50, 60, 70 years old; it’s hard to believe Richard Hawley was just kicking around in the Britpop milieu, first with Longpigs then with Pulp, before his friends pointed out to him that the material he’d been tinkering with in his spare time was, you know, pretty amazing actually.

Because he’s so good, and because you’re worth it, today there’s a bonus video of Serious, from Lady’s Bridge (2007), because it’s:

  1. A damn fine song
  2. A damn fine and funny video


Recently, Hawley has become something of a BBC 6 Music darling, receiving perhaps more than a healthy dose of airplay since the release of his most recent album, the Mercury nominated Standing At The Sky’s Edge, including a live performance with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the station’s 2012 celebration of live music.