They say youth is wasted on the young. It’s something Walter, the late grandfather of guitar-wielding and song-writing troubadour of Manchester based Laurie Hulme, would probably have agreed with. As nom-de-plume Songs For Walter, Laurie’s eponymous debut album is a record that’s as much a brutally honest tribute to the legacy of Walter, as it is a stirring portrayal of Songs For Walter himself.
The album is an astute melodic recounting of his grandfather’s wildly curious tales. Whether telling of Walter’s dabbling with communism in the 1930s on first single Useless, his hatred of space travel (Moon/Two Out Of Ten) or his love story from first date (Meet Me At The Empire) to being painted head to toe in iodine on his wedding day (Purple Blue), brought together through Songs For Walter’s divergent take on alternative folk through placing dreamy lo-fi meanderings and indie rock punch.
Listen to Useless here.
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