Born in Cardiff and raised in Prestatyn, Huw Hawkline was formerly co-presenter of S4C’s flagship music-show Bandit (alongside Radio 1’s Huw Stephens). The twenty-nine year-old recorded three albums in his native country before taking flight for a life in L.A. late in 2013.
The effect of the relocation on Hawkline’s music is total. Recorded in Seahorse Sound Studios just off Skid Row and produced by long-time cohort, fellow Welsh émigré and musical maven/genius Cate le Bon, In The Pink Of Condition is “strange pop” (words borrowed from Huw): a controlled explosion of lazer-guided guitar melody and whip smart bi-lingual wordplay.
From the scratchy proto-disco ‘Everybody’s On The Line’ to the haunted saloon bar rattle of ‘In Love’ and the demented strut of ‘Moddion’ (Welsh for medicine), it’s a record that clearly feels the benefits of good weather.
That said, Wales is in there too, through weather smudged-windows of ‘Rainy Summer’ (“Head full of crashing waves on dog mouth dunes”) and ‘Concrete Coloured Clothes’ (which paints a picture of a place “where slate grows slow”).
His first album proper for Heavenly Recordings, it folds the space between a pinched grey seaside town in North Wales and the bleached-out wide-open spaces of L.A.
Friday 6th February
£5.00 advance, more on the door
Advance tickets available in person with no booking fee from the venue box office