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Woodland Echoes

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Woodland Echoes
Nick Heyward - WoodlandEchoes.jpg
Studio album by Nick Heyward
Released4 August 2017[1]
GenreRock, pop, alternative, indie
LabelGladsome Hawk
ProducerNick Heyward, Phillip Taylor, Ian Shaw, Oliver Heyward
Nick Heyward chronology
The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper
Woodland Echoes

Woodland Echoes is the seventh solo album by English singer-songwriter Nick Heyward. It was released on 4 August 2017 on Gladsome Hawk Records. He has described it as accidentally biographical and influenced by "love, nature, togetherness, ‘70s’ pop, America, open spaces and afternoon tea".[2]


The first single is a double A-side with the songs 'Baby Blue Sky' and 'Mountaintop' and was released on 30 June 2017.[1] The world premier for the video for 'Baby Blue Sky' was exclusively premiered by on 18 July 2017.[3]

The second single, 'Perfect Sunday Sun', was premiered by Billboard on 31 Oct 2017.[4] Heyward describes the song as, "my interpretation of indecision, idealism and havering – a kind of trilogy, like Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours film series".[5] "It starts off in Richmond, goes to Bedford Falls in It’s A Wonderful Life, to San Francisco to Hitchcock".[4]

'The Stars', described by Mojo magazine as a top 10 single and the best track on the album,[6] was announced as the third single in conjunction with Record Store Day UK on 6 March 2018.[7] It will be available on 10" vinyl with an exclusive b-side, 'Everyone & Everything'.[8]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[10]
Classic Pop4/5 stars[11]
The Mail on Sunday4/5 stars[12]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
The Observer3/5 stars[13]
Record Collector4/5 stars[15]
Sunday Express5/5 stars[16]

Rated at 82 in Metacritic's Best Albums of 2017,[9] it's described as a "tonic for life",[14] "an aural injection of Vitamin D"[11] and a "fine collection of tuneful guitar pop",[12] the album's pastoral sound[17] and unmistakable Englishness[6] has garnered comparisons to Lennon and McCarney,[15] Paul Weller[11] and Teenage Fanclub.[17]

Track listing

All tracks written by Nick Heyward.

1."Love Is the Key by the Sea"Nick Heyward, Phillip Taylor, Oliver Heyward4:22
2."Mountaintop"Ian Shaw, N Heyward3:28
3."The Stars"N Heyward, Taylor, O Heyward3:45
4."Beautiful Morning"Taylor, N Heyward4:28
5."Who?"Taylor, N Heyward3:10
6."Forest of Love"Taylor, N Heyward3:15
7."Baby Blue Sky"Shaw, N Heyward3:11
8."I Can See Her"Shaw, N Heyward3:09
9."Perfect Sunday Sun"Shaw, N Heyward3:17
10."New Beginning"O Heyward3:30
11."I Got a Lot"Shaw, N Heyward, O Heyward3:31
12."For Always"Shaw, N Heyward2:57
Total length:42:04



Chart (2017) Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[18] 73
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 89
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[20] 4
UK Vinyl Albums (OCC)[21] 32


  1. ^ a b "Nick Heyward: Woodland Echoes on PledgeMusic". Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Calling Captain Summertime – the Nick Heyward interview". Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Nick Heyward exclusive world video premiere of 'Baby Blue Sky'". Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Nick Heyward Talks New Video For 'Perfect Sunday Sun,' Haircut One Hundred Reunion Odds and Body Parts: Premiere'". Billboard. Retrieved 24 Nov 2017.
  5. ^ "Nick Heyward announces new single 'Perfect Sunday Sun' + UK Tour dates'". Pure M Magazine. Retrieved 24 Nov 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Easlea, Daryl (September 2017). "Review: Former Haircut 100 leader is still enjoying a fantastic day". Mojo (286).
  7. ^ "Nick Heyward - Stars". Record Store Day UK. Retrieved 7 Mar 2018.
  8. ^ "The Stars 10″ released on Record Store Day 2018". Retrieved 7 Mar 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Woodland Echoes". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ Sendra, Tim. Review: Nick Heyward - Woodland Echoes at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 Aug 2017.
  11. ^ a b c Harnell, Steve (September 2017). "Review: Best New Release - Nick Heyward: Woodland Echoes". Classic Pop (31): 89.
  12. ^ a b Woods, Adam (30 July 2017). "Review: Nick Heyward - Woodland Echoes". Mail on Sunday: Event Magazine. p. 23.
  13. ^ Mardles, Paul. "Review: Nick Heyward: Woodland Echoes review – back and breezy as ever". Retrieved 12 Aug 2017.
  14. ^ a b Ingalls, Chris. "Review: Nick Heyward: Woodland Echoes". Retrieved 27 Dec 2017.
  15. ^ a b Elliott, Mark. "Review: In the Nick of time". Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  16. ^ Townsend, Martin. "Review: Nick Heyward's new record 'Woodland Echoes' is the album of the week". Retrieved 12 Aug 2017.
  17. ^ a b c Lewis, John (September 2017). "Review: Woodland Echoes". Uncut.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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