Album review: Circles by Hayley Gaftarnick

Circles by Hayley Gaftarnick
Circles by Hayley Gaftarnick
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Independent singer-songwriter Hayley Gaftarnick enlisted a virtual who’s who of Yorkshire musicians to help record her debut album.

Members of Cry Baby Cry, Spirit of John, Wilful Missing, Haggis Horns, Middleman and Mi, Mye all feature on this spirited and swinging record.

Gaftarnick cites Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, Etta James and Aretha Franklin among her inspirations and their influence is apparent in her rich, husky tone.

She’s a good songwriter too, switching styles effortlessly from the Smiths-like rockabilly of I Don’t Mind to the lovely, jazz and gospel-infused Forget You.

There are hooks aplenty in these songs, from the rattling Self Destruct to the timeless doo wop sound of Don’t Leave.

Others have noticed her abilities too. When she supported prog-popsters Syd Arthur earlier this year, violinist Raven Bush, nephew of Kate, said Gaftarnick was “amazing”. The Jack Savoretti Band described her as having “four voices”.

She certainly deserves much wider exposure in the coming year. Circles is an impressive calling card.

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