Hayden Thorpe

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Hayden Thorpe
Birth nameHayden Norman Thorpe
BornKendal, Cumbria, England
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
Years active2002–present
Associated acts

Hayden Norman Thorpe is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Kendal, Cumbria and currently based in Walthamstow, London.[1]

From 2002 to 2018, Thorpe was the frontman of the indie pop band Wild Beasts,[2] which he initially co-founded as a duo with guitarist Ben Little.[3] Eventually expanding into a four-piece, the band released five studio albums on Domino Records to much critical acclaim, yet only modest commercial success. Following the band's dissolution, Thorpe pursued a solo career, and released his debut album Diviner through Domino in May 2019.[4]

Thorpe is often noted for his distinct, operatic countertenor vocal style, which critics commonly described as being both unusual and an acquired taste in the field of indie rock.[5] Thorpe has cited Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush and The Smiths as amongst his musical influences, as well as writer Arthur Rimbaud on his lyrics.



  1. ^ Connick, Tom (2019-04-09). "Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe goes solo: "it's like playing chess against yourself..."". NME. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  2. ^ http://thefourohfive.com. "Track Of The Day: Hayden Thorpe, formerly of Wild Beasts, is strong as ever on his own with 'Love Crimes'". The 405. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  3. ^ "Wild Beasts' Hayden Thorpe Shares First New Solo Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  4. ^ Subscribe. "Former Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe returns with debut solo track 'Diviner'". DIY. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  5. ^ "Wild Beasts' Hayden Thorpe: 'I never realised my voice was like Marmite'". NME. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  6. ^ "Wild Beasts' Hayden Thorpe announces Diviner solo album". The FADER. Retrieved 2019-04-24.