Angel numbers: a series of recurring numerical patterns or sequences which those who believe in such things invest with cosmic significance.
Also, the name of the forthcoming album by Hamish Hawk – an apt title for an artist who bounces between scepticism and wonder, who alchemises the quotidian, who is engaged in a constant quest to outwit and outflank the ordinary. With the release of Heavy Elevator in September 2021, Edinburgh-based Hawk established himself as a writer of heartfelt, headstrong, unashamedly literate songs to stimulate both pulse and psyche. Heavy Elevator offered words to savour and tunes to relish. The songs were filmic and romantic, blending wit, wisdom, resignation and beauty with a kind of sceptical joie de vivre, delivered in a rich baritone that has drawn comparisons to everyone from Jarvis Cocker to Scott Walker. A singer of style and guile peddling accessible intelligence: what’s not to love? Heavy Elevator established a powerful artistic imprimatur which nonetheless felt neither defining nor confining. While the album has been justly lauded, Hawk’s next steps have moved the story considerably further forward. Angel Numbers meets growing expectations head on, with panache and aplomb.
“Angel Numbers is the follow up to Hamish Hawk’s 2021 Heavy Elevator album, which without doubt represented a quantum leap forward for this immensely talented artist. Representing the culmination of nurturing his songwriting and musical vision over many years, it deservedly gained wide ranging recognition and plaudits. Angel Numbers hence has a lot to live up to, and feels to be a pivotal release, in respect to future musical development and wider impact for this superb artist.
The twelve songs on Angel Numbers were written by Hamish with Andrew Pearson (guitars), Stefan Maurice (keyboards and drums) and Alex Duthie (bass). These very gifted musicians form the core of his band alongside John Cashman (keyboards). The songs in the main were written during a period of lockdown during the Covid-pandemic and recorded and produced by Idlewild’s Rod Jones at his Post Electric Studio in Leith, Edinburgh. The recording took place at the end of 2021, and in the spring of 2022.” – Louder Than War