30 days, 30 albums... The Blue Nile - Hats

I had the joy and privilege of seeing The Blue Nile when they performed at the Ulster Hall on the Peace at Last tour, and they were magnificent. Soaring soulful vocals moving the soul against the backdrop of electronic drums and synthesisers and gentle electric guitar. Hats is the classic Blue Nile moment, though... The lyrics are deeply evocative – ‘In love we’re all the same / We’re walking down an empty street / And will nobody call your name?’ It never ceases to make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. This is a gorgeous album – it sounds like music to listen to late at night, while walking through a deserted city in winter.