Video: The Hope, The Fear “Hotel Haigh”

Here is the absorbing new single from multi-instrumentalist Alex Fletcher, who performs under the pseudonym The Hope, The Fear.  In ‘Hotel Haigh’, the ramshackle old hotel is a metaphor for the human mind, in which ideas, thoughts and memories are hidden away behind locked doors and we can become lost and alone in the maze of corridors.  It’s a clever concept that allows Fletcher to reflect on his personal experience of revisiting traumatic experiences from the past as part of a healing process.  Ultimately, there’s a hopeful message message about confronting our pain in order to move forward.  Sonically, the layers are full of warmth and richness, with delicate fingerpicking and his understated vocal rising on the swell instrumentation.  We are propelled through the song by pulsing percussion and powerful bass.  Most importantly, the song’s melody is immediately likeable, instantly engaging.  The accompanying video was artistically shot and edited by Fletcher himself, while driving through the streets of Nashville.  It’s beautifully .put together and captures the mood well, navigating the streets alone.

While the Leeds-based singer-songwriter is influenced by the places and musical sounds of Northern England, contemporary Americana is at the heart of his songs.  ‘Hotel Haigh’ brings to mind such artists as Ruston Kelly.  Prior to setting out on his own, Fletcher toured the world, playing prestigious festivals and venues, and appeared on BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6 as part of other acts. Since 2020, he has been developing his own material and this is his third single, following on from ‘Scars’ and ‘Wildfire’.  On the strength of these songs, a full album will be something to look forward to.  Enjoy.

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From up north but now hiding in rural Suffolk. An insomniac music-lover. Love discovering new music to get lost in - country, singer-songwriters, Americana, rock...whatever. Currently enjoying Nils Lofgren, Ferris & Sylvester, Tommy Prine, Jarrod Dickenson, William Prince, Frank Turner, Our Man in the Field...
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