Hayden Calnin – Coward
Hayden Calnin has already made quite the name for himself with his 2012 debut EP City. Since then he’s done some nice collabos with acts like Tully On Tully and Oliver Tank, but what I’ve been really waiting for is a follow up record from this talented Australian dreamfolk act. When I got my hands on his sophomore EP Oh, Hunter, I was honestly surprised that it fully lived up to my high expectations as most records this year quite frankly haven’t. It starts off with one of my new favorite tracks on the year, “Coward”, that’s got quite an epic cinematic feel to it. I’m sure he’s heard plenty of the Bon Iver references already, but I don’t think anyone’s going to complain about being coupled with one of the finest modern folk acts of our time. I presume a debut LP is in the works as well, and if it’s even half as good as the stuff Hayden’s come up with at this point, it’s bound to establish him as one of Australia’s most promising new acts.