Liam Hayes’ aptitude for artfully plundering the past without ever repeating himself earned the Chicago-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist a global cult following (and a cameo in Stephen Frears’ High Fidelity) long before director Roman Coppola tapped him to score last year’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.
Hayes has been making critically acclaimed pop records since 1994, when he released the single “Three-Quarters Blind Eyes” under the stage name Plush. Considered by many to be a pop classic, it helped establish Hayes as a songwriter. Although he emerged from the Chicago indie-rock scene, Hayes is often compared with artists such as Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson, Laura Nyro, Burt Bacharach and Harry Nilsson. Like some of the best folk-pop or soft soul from the 1960's or 1970’s, there is a timeless quality to his music.
Described by Uncut as 'one of the most charismatic and eccentric cult pop craftsmen of the past 20 years’, Hayes has a newly completed album right around the corner, to be released worldwide on Fat Possum on January 13th, 2015. While comparably retro, Hayes’ newly completed “Slurrup” is leaner and meaner than anything he’s done all millennium.