Sydney, Australia-based Darren Hanlon’s I Will Love You At All, written in a variety of exotic locations from Paris to Coonabarabran, Australia and recorded at Portland, Oregon’s famed Type Foundry studio, speaks a language born of wanderlust.
The record, recorded by Adam Selzer (M Ward, She & Him, The Decemberists), features Rachel Blumberg (Bright Eyes, M Ward, She & Him, The Decemberists) on drums, as well as longtime Portland-based collaborator Cory Gray (Carcrashlander, Norfolk and Western) on keys, was created away from Hanlon’s native home, and was partially written in the studio–a departure for the artist. Reinforcing the album’s sweet nature are more of Portland’s finest–dual female vocalists Shelley Short and Alia Farah.
With an EP, four studio albums, and a CD collection’s worth of B-sides and rarities to his name, Darren has built a loyal Australian fan base, but will be new to many in the States. Hanlon has toured with Billy Bragg, Violent Femmes, and Evan Dando, and completed five tours at home and abroad with his friends The Magnetic Fields. Darren is also responsible for bringing Jeffrey Lewis, David Dondero and Jens Lekman to Australia for their first visits in support of his own sold out shows.
As always, Darren’s eye for life’s smaller details are played out with charm and joyful abandon on I Will Love You At All. From the light-fingered bounce of “Butterfly Bones” to the evocative and plaintive “Modern History,” these songs mainline to the heart. There’s Darren’s first stab at an epic – “House” clocks in at 7.39 minutes – and his most down-home country shuffle yet, “If Only My Heart Were Made Of Stone,” followed by the haunting closer of “What Can We Say?.” This full-length is Hanlon creating at his most relaxed, with a more heightened folk sensibility–they are tales of being, as Hanlon puts it, “cut adrift from the world.” They are songs about houses he’s lived in, his hometown, memories both crisp and faded, all created on the other side of the globe. At each intimate turn, I Will Love You At All is an album rich with the open spirit in which it was created.