For those keeping count, In Field & Town is the third album title referencing nature, but dont mistake this for some kind of overarching theme to the Toronto-based Haydens music. It just might be where he feels most comfortable. "Ive always felt like writing songs when I left the city, he explains. "Whether its camping or going up to someones cottage or just being away from everything, thats the time when I actually felt like writing something down or picking my guitar and singing something. With this record, I was actually in a place like that for a long period of time.
Most of this record was recorded in a northern "undisclosed location, but recording away from the city was the only deliberate decicion made in its recording. Even the prominent use of piano to Haydens usually acoustic guitar-dominated songs was completely by accident. "I had a really nice old upright piano, it sounded beautiful and I wanted to play it all the time, Hayden says. "Thats why there are more piano songs on this record because I was physically at that instrument more and liked being there. Not a grand scheme of more piano thats just how it happened.
In the end, Haydens sparse arrangements and earnest vocals connect so well because they feel so innate. To this, Hayden definitely agrees. "Im just trying to find the best kind of feel and Im trying to find what performance feels the most natural. When youre recording its hard, when you know the tapes rolling or the computers on, to get that emotional version of a song that you would normally play if it was late one night and you were not being recorded.