NEW VIDEO FOR “1983” HERE
Award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman releases his 16th studio album Median Age Wasteland today, available for streaming and purchase on all DSPs HERE, vinyl and CD HERE.
To celebrate the release day, Workman visited CBC’s q to chat about his new album and perform three songs, including “1983”, filmed in Australia.
Produced by The Dears frontman and creative genius, Murray Lightburn, Median Age Wasteland returns with Hawksley’s hooky yet innovative melodic approach, authentic songwriting, and good old-fashioned, unedited musicianship on full display. “1983” premiered on national radio via The Strombo Show, with George proclaiming that “Hawksley is a veteran Canadian musician who always feels like a new artist to me. Hawksley puts a record out and it has this intensity, it has this timeliness. He’s very special…he’s truly one of the greats, this country has been lucky enough to call its own.”
Hawksley reveals, “This album is beautifully sentimental. I have a unique perspective on the world that comes from the person I think I am and the person I actually am, and I wanted to explore the latter. There’s a lot of looking back at being a kid and more innocent times.”
The modern day troubadour wrote and recorded his latest LP following a recent move from Northern Ontario to Montreal. This time around, collaborating closely with Murray in studios throughout his new home of Montreal, there’s no lipstick, literal or figurative – just the purity of loving, loathing, and living. With Median Age Wasteland he’s leading listeners through the figurative looking glass for as clear an image of his true self as we’ve ever been allowed.
“I’ve always had this constant hunger to innovate, reevaluate what I do, and keep remaking it to confuse myself and maybe confuse my audience,” Hawksley admits. “This time, I’m just committing to writing focused and honest songs, which feels like the most interesting thing I can do right now.”
Watch his latest music videos:
“Stoners Never Dream” HERE
“Stoners Never Dream” made Darryl Sterdan’s list of 13 Great New Tracks to Discover Right Now. “Hawksley Workman has never been a guy who’s lost for words,” Darryl announces. “But lately, the prolific singer-guitarist seems to be outdoing himself in the snappy patter department.”
“Lazy” was featured on Alan Cross’ Songs You Need to Hear This Week and has reached nearly 80,000 views on YouTube.
“Battlefords” rocketed on the CBC Music Top 20 chart for 14 weeks, landing at #8.
Median Age Wasteland Tracklist
1. Birds in Train Stations
6. To Receive
7. Skinny Wolf
8. Song of Summer
10. Stoners Never Dream
For the social media inclined, Hawksley manages to maintain an imaginative intimacy among his 40,000 followers.
About Hawksley Workman
A staple of the Canadian arts scene for over 20 years, Workman boasts a catalogue of 15 solo releases showcasing his now signature blend of anthemic folk and cabaret pop with show-stopping vocals and sonic textures ranging from subtle electronica to blazing rock. The accolades amassed include JUNO nods and wins and widespread critical acclaim. As a producer, his fingerprints grace releases by JUNO and Polaris Prize nominees and winners like Tegan and Sara, Sarah Slean, Serena Ryder, Hey Rosetta!, and Great Big Sea. He’s also penned melodies with a myriad of artists, from Oscar award winning Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, Inception) to French rock icon Johnny Hallyday. Hawksley’s touring career has seen him play nearly a thousand shows worldwide. He’s headlined prestigious venues like Massey Hall in Toronto and The Olympia in Paris.