Ex-Hefner frontman, Darren Hayman is due to release a new duet with Emmy The Great, titled Calling Out Your Name Again. Darren Hayman met Emma-Lee Moss when they were both recording sessions for a radio station in North London. At the time, Darren was forging his post-Hefner identity while Emma-Lee was perched on the cusp of success.
Like many, Darren was struck by the audacity of Emma-Lee’s “Emmy the Great’ stage name and decided to celebrate their new friendship by recording a duet before she became too famous or expensive.
“I always assume singers younger than me don’t know shit,” says Darren of Emmy, “but watching Emmy play at the Union Chapel earlier this year was an education for me. Her wit, stage presence and intelligence are something to behold and of course she has those beautifully intricate songs.”
For their duet Darren wrote a love song about illicit sex in parked cars.
“The album Essex Arms is about love in unloved places. I wanted to sing about a lawless, hidden version of the countryside, but still treat the subject with tenderness and respect.”
“Calling Out Your Name Again” is the second single to be released from Essex Arms, Darren’s latest album with his tight, tough, folk-rock backing band The Secondary Modern. Besides the title track, the EP includes three songs taken from the album sessions that are exclusive to this release – Essex Arms, Beach Head and Until We Got Bored.
The single is also accompanied by a beautiful animated video with every frame hand drawn by Darren:
The single is released on October 11th on Fortuna Pop!