The Hi-Life Companion album ‘Our Years In The Wilderness’ available for pre-order

The HLC’s new album is due out on the 16th June – it’s available for pre-order now through our Bandcamp site:


The Hi-Life Companion new album release date!



The Hi-Life Companion’s new album ‘Our Years in the Wilderness‘ will be released on the 16th June – with a track or two available for download before then. It’ll be available through CD Baby, ITunes, Amazon and of course, us.

It features 11 brand new songs, mixed by the evergreen and ever-patient Mr James Muir and mastered by Chris Bauer. It’s taken the band at least four years to make and we’re told that the they have no intention of making another one for quite some time, so fed up are they with click-tracks, computers, trillions of tuneless takes and staring at waveforms. On the bright side the band plan to play a few shows later this year and are in fact already rehearsing in a barn IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE which is apparently like The Big Pink but without the Pink. 

We love the sound of the new album and we hope you will too – it’s dark, romantic, brooding and melancholy but with plenty of tunes, harmonies, trumpets and strings. 

We’ll update this site with more details nearer the time, and also any tour dates



New Hi-Life Companion album!

We’re delighted to announce that the new Hi-Life Companion record ‘Our Years In The Wilderness’ will soon be available from No Pudding Annie Records – it’s on it’s way back from the printers and features 11 new songs, mixed by James Muir and all concerned in some way with growing up in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

OYITW cd cover

The track listing is:

Brockweir House

Meet Me At The Pier


I Served On Ships

The Hole In The Fence

Raise An Army

These Last Remaining Days

Old Bristol Road

Dark Heart

Our Years In The Wilderness

Cast You Down

It will also be available from Amazon, Itunes, Cd Baby and from this web-site. We’ll post back here once the album is out and available and we have a proper release date – hopefully in the next few weeks. We’re really looking forward to it being out in the world – making a record is always such a long journey when you have grown-up jobs, children, live all over the West Country and can’t remember how to play the guitar.

This interview from earlier in the year by Unhappy Jackyl gives some background and context to the formation of the album:


We’re just about to get this site up and running so check back here for more updates and free downloads over the coming months.

The Hi-Life Companion’s second album ‘Our Years in the Wilderness’ is due back from being mastered any day now, and should be out and available fairly soon. We’ll let you know how to get your hands on a copy as soon as the details are finalised