It's been a while since we've heard from one of our favorite musical discoveries since starting WLFY, Hip Hatchet. He's back with a three track EP to give a glance at what's to come on his next LP, set to be released on Gravitation Records (Tallest Man On Earth) in 2012. "Coward's Luck" like the other two tracks (set to be released tomorrow for free on Bandcamp) is a one take track that displays all the reasons we fell in love with Hip Hatchet in the first place: steady guitars, poetic lyrics, and a mystique that surrounds his personality as a singer/songwriter and elevates him to the heir of Nick Drake. Strong words I know, but one listen to his past LP, Men Who Share My Name, and hyperbole sounds like truth. Follow this guy closely, we think he could have a break out year in 2012...and at the very least another underground LP that displays Hip Hatchet as one of the best folk talents we have right now.
We are very excited to share with everyone the new Hip Hatchet EP entitled Coward’s Luck. After signing with Gravitation Records last spring and recording the full-length follow up to our debut album Men Who Share my Name, we wanted to release some new material while we worked out the logistics of the LP's release.
Coward’s Luck is comprised of three songs written over the course of the past few months. Recorded at the Badlands recording studio under the direction of engineer Tim Shrout, the recordings represent how the live sound has evolved since Hip Hatchet’s relocation to Portland. The songs were recorded in single takes featuring just two acoustic guitars and live vocals. Completed in a single day, Coward's Luck is a snapshot of this unique point in time for the band. The album cover is a reflection of this momentary process - a snapshot taken this fall by an old friend before Hip Hatchet’s first Seattle performance.
The video below features the EP's title track. Directed by Jake Nussbaum, it was filmed during the recording process. The video falls in line with the 'snapshot' theme and cuts between short clips of the studio session and other miscellaneous images from the day.
The EP will be available for free download on Friday December, 9th via Hip Hatchet’s Bandcamp. Physical copies of Men Who Share My Name are also available for $10. Hip Hatchet is looking towards an exciting 2012 and is currently lining up shows for the winter.