Darren Hayes is back.
The Australian singer has released his first single in more than a decade, Lets Try Being in Love.
The former Savage Garden frontman will return to Australia to perform at the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on March 5.
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The video for ‘Let’s Try Being in Love’ premiered today and is expected to be a hit.
Hayes — who married Richard Cullen in 2005 — doesn’t hold back in the ’70s-style clip, which plays out more like a movie.
Hayes is attending a dinner party with what appears to be his female love interest but he only has eyes for the male host, played by Scott Evans (brother of Hollywood star Chris Evans).
In a fantasy sequences, Hayes kisses and caresses the man in what could be described as his most raw, and brutally honest, video of his nearly 30-year career.
“In the music video I’m looking back on that first period of my life where I’m married to a woman,” Hayes says.
“I’m realising that in order to be free I have to destroy something beautiful and innocent.
“Scott’s character represents the freight train of my future sexuality and that’s gonna emerge no matter what.
“I wanted to show I love the feminine in me, be proud of the gay me.
“There’s a dance scene that is so passionate, everything’s alive and thriving and blooming. That’s how I feel in general about music. And that’s a hugely sharp contrast to how I felt 10 years ago.
“I didn’t have plans to make music, it just kind of happened in a really wonderful, organic way. This whole period of being away from the public eye, taking time out was a choice.”
The song itself is a return to Hayes’ love of ’80s pop.
For the first time ever, his new project is entirely arranged, produced, composed and performed by Hayes himself, and the single teases an era that is set to represent Hayes at his most artistically fulfilled.
Inspired by queer icons including Patrick Cowley and Shep Pettibone, ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ has the obvious romanticism threaded beautifully throughout, while 2017’s Call Me By Your Name also gave special inspiration for how Hayes approached this particular song.
Thematically, ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ (and the video in particular), serves as a reflection from a man on life, love, regret and realisation.
“I’ve been married to Richard for almost 17 years, I’m in this really comfortable place in my life,” Hayes says.
“But at the same time at mid-life I’m grieving the fact I never got to celebrate who I really was at the period of my life where I was most famous.
“I look at this world we live in now where someone like Lil Nas X can push forward his true self, full of pride and self-love and have the chance to be loved for who he truly is. I was realising with great sadness that I didn’t get that experience. A lot of the time I was my most famous, I was deeply sad.”
Hayes, who will celebrate his 50th birthday in May, says he is thrilled about returning to Australia to perform.
“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Australia to headline the 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade,” Hayes says.
“Last year, I was in awe, along with the rest of the world, as Australians united and came together safely to celebrate our vibrant and resilient community. I decided in that moment, if this could happen again in 2022, I was going to do everything within my power to come home and celebrate with you.
“You can imagine how thrilled I am, truly, to have been chosen to close what I know will be an unforgettable and necessary night of pride and joy.
“I’m so looking forward to spending time together after so much time apart.”
‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ kicks off a huge year for Hayes.
This year marks Hayes’ 20th year as a solo recording artist, as well the 25th anniversary of Savage Garden’s acclaimed debut, self-titled album.
As one half of Savage Garden, Hayes sold over 30 million records worldwide, and has been named one of Australia’s 50 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone Australia and is also the recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to music as a songwriter and performer.
Having sold out shows around the world, as well as some iconic venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Hayes’ status as an Australian music icon has simply continued to strengthen as years go by.
The musician has been keeping busy since releasing his last solo album, Secret Codes and Battleships in 2011.
In November last year, he collaborated with British pop band Steps writing their song A Hundred Years of Winter, for the album What The Future Holds Pt. 2.
Ian ‘H’ Watkins described the tune as an “icy electronic anthem”.
Steps also recorded Hayes’ No More Tears On The Dancefloor, in 2017, for their album Tears On The Dancefloor.
He also provided vocals on I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life by Brisbane duo, Cub Sport, in 2018.
Hayes and his music partner Daniel Jones, and the other half of Savage Garden, parted ways in 2001.
They had two top-selling albums, Savage Garden and Affirmation with two US number ones — Truly Madly Deeply and I Knew I Loved You.
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