Hayley Ross will release her debut album The Weight of Hope on 6th September it has been announced.
The singer-songwriter who lives in Brighton, grew up in Walton-on-Thames and spent some time in the Caribbean. The album’s lead single Dernier Baiser is out now and you can listen to it below:
The Weight of Hope is inspired by Ross’ fascination with water – she’s currently renovating a fishing trawler to live on in Newhaven – and that’s most notable on the tracks Barracuda and Lay Me Down.
A self-taught musician, Ross has had no formal lessons. “When I was really young we had a church organ I used to tinker around on, one of those two-tier organs, which my uncle gave to us. It sat in our house and I used to while away the hours on that. I got my first guitar when I was 13.”
The Weight of Hope has been four years in the making and it features a host of unusual instruments such as stylophone, cigar box guitar, Korg monotron, melodica, plus borrowed harmonium, and musical saw and crystal wine glasses played by Nick Pynn.
Ross co-produced the album with Martyn Baker and the collection was mixed by John Leckie.
The track listing for The Weight of Hope is:
1. Dernier Baiser
2. Moving All Around
4. Come Back
6. Big Black Car
7. Lay Me Down
9. Kids Again
10. See Her Light
11. Go Slow
12. Fierce Love
13. Spartan Heart