Richard Hawley reveals walking in Sheffield parks after breaking his leg shaped new album

Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley's upcoming new album is called Hollow  Meadows
Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley's upcoming new album is called Hollow Meadows
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Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley says recuperating in his home city's parks provided the inspiration behind his upcoming new album.

The 48 year-old had broken his leg and damaged his back, forcing him to spend four-and-a-half months barely able to move.

Once he had begun his recovery Hawley began working on his new LP, Hollow Meadows, named after the hamlet just outside Sheffield.

"I actually spent months and months not being able to move and it made me think about things a lot." he told NME.

"That kind of confinement, it could make you quite negative and I've been concentrating on trying to think about good things. Balance your inner being with the outer world and make an equilibrium between the two.

"That sounds like real complicated bull**** but trust me, when you're laying on your back, not being able to move for four-and-a-half months, the weird **** that runs through your head is quite odd."

And it was Sheffield's famed city parks that helped provide the inspiration.

"Putting one foot in front of the other, I reckon it turns off the rational side of your brain," he added. "It's easy to lose yourself and escape into your own thoughts in this city if you choose to."