Darren Hayman of Hefner released a special four-track EP for Record Store Day (Saturday April 20th) entitled 'Four Queens', available as a limited edition coloured vinyl 10″. The EP follows on from his critically acclaimed album, 'The Violence', released on Fortuna POP! last year, which was spawned by an ongoing fascination with English history.
As the EP title suggests the release features four songs about a quartet of English Queens. The standout track, which also featured on 'The Violence', is ‘Henrietta Maria’. Sung from the perspective of King Charles I as he serenades his French Queen, ‘Henrietta Maria’ is beautiful and touching, and somehow Hayman manages to indulge in a brief history lesson without ever compromising his musical integrity.
The track was released along with this animated promo directed by Daryl Waller in October 2012 to announce the release of the album and it's recently re-surfaced online to promote the Record Store Day EP release too.