The Lost Hours is 23-year-old mercurial singer/songwriter Callum James Hamilton. At an early age Hamilton discovered his Dad’s old record player and vinyl collection and got completely mesmerized by the likes of Joni Mitchell, John Martyn, and Nick Drake.
Callum soon started receiving radio coverage from the BBC Introducing, as well as being voted one of Britain’s best young songwriters, in 2018 he signed to independent label High Tribe Records.
His first EP has already gained some major contributors, with cello on the song ‘River Run’ played by Ivor Novello winning songwriter Dan Caplen, who also played cello on both platinum selling George Ezra albums, also the 4 track EP has been mixed by Ruadhri Cushan, who’s recent credits include Mumford And Sons, Gregory Porter and James Bay.
The Lost Hours has experienced some early career milestones already with record of the week from Lauren Lavern and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music to having Radio 1 support, as well as sold out shows in his hometown of Leeds and London playing the illuminati of club nights such as Communion Live. He has also had amazing support from some of the best user playlisters including countless features on the Alex Rainbird and Indie Folk Central YouTube channels.
Another bright light has shone on his work as with the latest release Forest Fire where he beat 1000’s of applicants to win the chance for 10x Grammy award winning mixer Darrell Thorp to mix the track whose credits include legendary artists Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Beck.
Darrell messaged to say this was the best song submitted and hence the winner! He has done an incredible mix on the single and let’s face it Darrell knows a good tune when he hears it.
“The Lost Hours are the small hours, where you spend your time wondering how lonely a prospect it is being a celestial object, and where my obsession of trying to mix John Martyn style acoustic riffs with Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ era style production whilst channeling the infectious nerving bubble gum melodies of Talking Heads takes place” exclaims Hamilton.
It feels like the time is right for this single Forest Fire to reach a bigger audience as no other song this year will encapsulate what’s happening in the world right now better !