Sean Hayes @ the Independent
The indie-folk scene has a funky pocket. The Be Good Tanyas get in it sometimes, and on his new record, Run Wolves Run, Sean Hayes is comfy in it. Sexed-up juicy dance jams aren't typical of musicians with a front-porch acoustic aesthetic, but he manages to further mix the styles. It's his signature move, and has been ever since DJ Mark Farina remixed his 2002 song "Rattlesnake Charm," throwing Hayes onto international dancefloors.
Run Wolves Run finds the local singer completely hopped up on both emotional and physical love, with the deep, sweet, soul-influenced opening track "When We Fall In," and the shameless "Open Up a Window," with its sleek pickup line "I want to stay up all night/Do you like a drug, fall asleep in the sunrise/Exhausted by your buzz." It's no wonder he's been compared to Curtis Mayfield; this is seduction music for people who are genuinely sweet on each other.