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The Mumbling Mope of Roncesvalles is back – with a new album and record-label relationship, and with fresh aspirations replacing old ones.

The much beloved folk-pop troubadour Hayden Desser, rarely seen outside his west-end Toronto stomping grounds, has just released a song (Old Dreams, downloadable free at www.rollingstone.com) that signals an imminent return to daylight.

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Hayden, as he is known professionally, came into public consciousness with the release of his 1996 debut Everything I Long For, a record characterized by off-handed, nice-guy love lore. More recently, he failed to support 2009’s The Place Where We Lived with concerts or interviews.

“I’ve definitely made a few promotional missteps,” he concedes in a press release. His forthcoming Us Alone (out Feb. 19) is his seventh full-length album, and the first on Toronto uber-indie label Arts & Crafts. Old Dreams is a silvery, haunting piano ballad, with murmured lines such as “All I want is you to be happy.” His fans, surely, wish much the same in return.

 

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