A wide-eyed opus of stunning intensity, “Fed” oozes Hayes’ impeccable influences without ever becoming overwhelmed by them. Incredibly, it touches upon Blaxploitation soul, Boz Scaggs-soft-rock, hints of jazz and blues, timeless baroque and skewed pop.
Hayes is not the kind of artist who spends all day interacting on social media. He doesn’t reveal a lot in interviews. He can hardly be reached by phone or email. (We set up this session completely in person.) He’s not trying to be cagey or eccentric or elusive, he would just rather keep the focus on his songs. And let’s face it, mystique is underrated in this era of over-sharing. But what he doesn’t describe in interviews, he makes up for in his music. Described by Uncut as “one of the most charismatic and eccentric cult pop craftsmen of the past 20 years,” we saw a genuine sample of this on Thursday. Take a listen above.