Hayley Ross is an outlier, a one-off, a self-starter and quiet disruptor who refuses to be pinned down. And she’s about to release one of the most haunting albums of 2019, The Weight Of Hope, mixed by John (Stone Roses) Leckie, and mastered at Abbey Road studios.
So what’s the story?
Hayley Ross lives by the sea in Brighton, grew up in Walton-on-Thames, has spent time in the Caribbean, and is right now renovating a fishing trawler to live on in Newhaven. Fascinated by water, as a child she dreamed of being a mermaid, and there’s a distinctive watery theme running through her debut album, The Weight Of Hope – notably on tracks like Barracuda and Lay Me Down. And tracing recurring themes is just one of the many pleasures of immersing yourself in this evocative, allusive work.