There’s something genuinely comforting in the advent a new Hayden record. Perhaps it’s because the soft-spoken songwriter has a knack for writing music that fits and warms like an old jacket, as has been the case on just about every record the guy’s released.
That’s not to say Hayden is incapable of growth. The 11 songs here display a kind of bedroom intimacy and impressive emotional subtlety and are backed by more fleshed-out arrangements on numbers like More Than Alive and Barely Friends. His style remains entirely his own but never contrived, making In Field another perfect example of why Hayden quietly but assuredly remains one of Canada’s best.