Hayden has announced Are We Good, his first full-length studio album since 2015, due out April 5 via Arts & Crafts. The news arrives alongside lead single and video “On A Beach (feat Feist)” and its cinematic, star-studded official video, also featuring the inimitable Leslie Feist with cameos by Matt Berninger of The National and beloved actor Steve Buscemi (who Hayden last worked with on the music for Trees Lounge, Buscemi’s 1997 directorial debut).
Spearheaded by “On A Beach” – a song unmatched in his canon for its immediate catchiness and clear blue sky production – Are We Good posits Hayden Desser, peppered and grizzled (by the pandemic or parenting), in an attic studio stand-off with writer’s block during early lockdown. A couple’s duet about turning to hypnosis in search of the spark of their youth, the song’s ambling bass line and sparse hand claps blossom into Feist and Hayden’s indelible chorus of “We’re on a beach, oh yeah, we’re on a beach/ We’re drinking income taxes and you’re fond of me” with swirling synths adding to the ambience. Accompanied by a transportive music video directed by Yael Staav, who has directed most of Hayden’s videos for the last 25 years, “On A Beach” brings an all-star cast together into a timeless artist’s singular realm.
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