Tree of Wolves

Here is a new band to Juxtapozed, Tree of Wolves. Tom Robinson from 6 music described them as, “Highly promising… A snare-driven rhythm track that crackles with energy topped by yearning vocals that carry absolute conviction”.

They’re a 5 piece band from Carmarthen comprising Aled Thomas, Gruffydd Wyn Owen, Mark Howells, Ray Thomas and Charli Bicknell. This is a ‘preface’ to the band’s forthcoming EP, Sleepwalking. Check out Shapes, below, or head to their soundcloud for further listening.

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H. Hawkline: “You’re only as good as the next thing you do. I’d like to record another album before the end of the year”

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I caught a glimpse of the H. Hawkline residency in Clwb on Thursday. It was Great. The album is also excellent. Here’s a great interview with Huw by the Green Grass Podcast- another blog you should follow!

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Mr. H. Hawkline has had a busy few weeks touring the UK with his new album.  In The Pink Of Condition was produced by Cate Le Bon in LA and released last month on Heavenly Recordings. Listen above, or read on below!

The tour has included a four-week residency at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach, and it’s here that we take shelter from the rain in the doorway of Clwb’s smoking area. As I wait for Huw to finish his cigarette, his phone rings: “Dingers!” he answers happily – it’s Alex Dingley, one of tonight’s support artists, and they quickly arrange to meet somewhere they can “sit in the warm and drink a couple of beers”.  It’s really starting to piss it down, so we head upstairs to the cosy middle floor of the venue, and I start by asking him all about Heavenly.

He tells me how they’ve known…

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#SFA2015 Super Furry Animals Tour

First this: Then THIS: NOW IT’S TRUE!!!!! IT’S HAPPENING! That’s right, you heard it… Super Furry Animals are doing a UK tour and re-issuing Mwng. The tour includes two Cardiff dates- Cardiff University’s Great Hall on May 1st and 2nd. Tickets go on sale next Thursday at 9am.

1st May – Cardiff University Great Hall

2nd May – Cardiff University Great Hall

5th May – Glasgow O2 Academy

6th May – Manchester Albert Hall

8th May – London O2 Academy Brixton

Unknown You can pre-order Mwng as a deluxe TRIPLE LP, a deluxe CD or a standard LP from here. The deluxe editions contain five tracks previously released on the US version of Mwng under the name Mwng Bach as well as a previously unreleased Peel session and a full live show recorded at ATP. Here is a reminder of why we love them and a clue as to the inspiration for the name of this blog.

Gwobrau’r Selar// Y Selar Magazine Awards

Roedd ‘na dros 700 o bobl wedi heidio o bob cornel o Gymru i’r Undeb yn Aberystwyth ddydd Sadwrn ar gyfer Gwobrau’r Selar. Llongyfarchiadau i’r tim sy’n trefnu, mae nhw wedi llwyddo i greu gwyl-ganol-gaeaf sy’n denu cynulleidfa i gystadlu efo Maes B. Dyma rhai o f’uchafbwyntiau i.

Over 700 people packed the Student’s union in Aberystwyth on Saturday to enjoy the Selar Magazine’s annual awards ceremony. Congratulations to the organising team for making Gwobrau’r Selar one of the most important dates in the Welsh Music Scene calendar. Here are some of my highlights.

Ysgol Sul

Y peth cyntaf wnes i fore dydd Sul, ar ol brecwasd seimllyd- obvs, oedd lawr-lwytho sengl Aberystwyth yn y Glaw gan Ysgol Sul. Mi wnaethon nhw lwyddo i greu argraff fawr ar y gynulleidfa nos Sadwrn, ac ar y pleidleiswyr, yn amlwg. Dyma Artist Newydd Gorau Cymru, yn ol darllenwyr y Selar.

The first thing I did on Sunday morning was download Ysgol Sul’s Aberystwyth yn y Glaw (Aber in the rain). An appropriate song for that dreary hungover Sunday. They managed to make quite an impression on the crowd on Saturday night, and on the voters evidently. Here is the winner of the Best New Artist award.

Y Reu

Nid dyma’r tro cyntaf i mi son am faint ‘dw i’n mwynhau cerddoriaeth Y Reu, ond man a man i fi ailadrodd fy hun yn y cyd-destyn yma. Roedd o’n siom peidio gweld eu henw ar y rhestr fer, ond mae’n debyg bod siomi rhywun yn anochel pan mai dim ond tri enw sydd ar y rhestr fer ym mhob cateogori. Byddai’n braf gweld mwy o enwau ar y rhestr fer y flwyddyn nesa, fel bod mwy o amyrwiaeth o fandiau’n cael  cydnabyddiaeth am y gwaith mae’n nhw’n ei wneud drwy’r flwyddyn. Ta waeth, roedd y perfformiad ar y noson yn unioni’r cam.

This isn’t my first ode to Y Reu, however I may as well repeat myself in this context. I was disappointed that they didn’t appear on the short list for the awards, however it is inevitable that someone will be disappointed when only three names appear on the short list for each category. Next year, I would love to see more names on the short list so that more artists get recognition for their work throughout the year. 

Y Ffug

Mi oeddwn i’n siomedig na chafodd Y Ffug unrhyw wobr, nos Sadwrn. Ond ‘dw i’n siwr fysa nhw ddim balchach beth bynnag. Pwy sydd isio bod yn boblogaidd? Na finna chwaith. Gewch chi’r wobr gan Juxtapozed am y band mwya cwl. Ac am solo gitar gora’r noson hefyd.

I was disappointed that Y Ffug didn’t win any of the awards on Saturday. However I’m not sure whether they would really appreciate public admiration anyway… too populist, maybe? I agree. Juxtapozed awards you the coolest band award. Oh, and the award for the virtuoso guitar performance of the night. It has absolutely no currency, at all, but it’s all yours.

Yws Gwynedd a Sŵnami

Peidiwch a phoeni, it’s the thought that counts. Mae’ch brwdfrydedd i’w glodfori, ond yn anffodus, dyma rhywun yn colli peint dros rhywbeth hanfodol drydanol a chwythu’r lle i gyd. Cyn hynny, roedd set Swnami yn mynd lawr yn dda iawn a phawb yn mwynhau enillwyr Record Fer y Flwyddyn.

Gan symyd ymlaen, Yws Gwynedd aeth a hi efo’r gwobrau- mi gath o dri- a’r tri mawr hefyd. Y Record Hir, neu Albym, orau, Yr Artist Unigol Gorau a’r Gan Orau am Neb ar ol. Roedd hi’n siom na chafodd o’i gyfle mawr ar y llwyfan, ond dyna i chi reswm da i sicrhau eich bod chi yn ei gig nesa fo.

It’s the thought that counts, of course, and it was a noble thought. Yws Gwynedd came on to close Sŵnami’s set, however electricity and beer do not make good bedfellows. Before that, Sŵnami were a triumph and the crowd were absolutely loving the winners of the best E.P. award.

However, the big winner on the night was Yws Gwynedd. The former Frizbee frontman won three awards, Best Album, Best individual artist and Best Song for Neb ar ol. It was a great shame that he didn’t have the chance to play on Saturday night, but I’m sure three awards  made up for it.

Carcharorion

Cyn i mi ddechrau, mae’n rhaid i mi ddweud nad ydw i’n gallu bod yn ddi-duedd gyda Carcharorion. Wedi dweud hynny, ‘dw i’n ffyddiog bod pawb oedd yno’n cytuno gyda’r ffaith eu bod nhw’n wych nos Sadwrn. Mae hefyd yn briodol iawn, ar y diwrnod a fu Dr Meredydd Evans, rhywun mae arnom ni ddyled mawr iddo yng Nghymru, eu bod nhw wedi chwarae eu fersiwn nhw o Beth yw’r Haf i Mi?

Before I start, it’s important that I declare my interest in one half of Carcharorion. Having said that, I’m sure everyone else will agree that they were great on Saturday night. It was also very apt that they played their version of Beth yw’r Haf i Mi, on the very day that Dr Meredydd Evans died. We owe him a great debt of gratitude for his lifetime’s work to Wales, the Welsh language and, particularly it’s music.

Candelas

Fel y byddech chi’n ei ddisgwyl daeth Candelas a’r noson i ben gyda’i steil arferol. Roedd hi’n gret clywed eu deunydd newydd oddi ar y record ddiweddara, Bodoli’n Ddistaw. Y nhw oedd enillwyr Band y Flwyddyn a Gwaith Celf y Flwyddyn. Cydnabyddiaeth mae nhw’n ei haeddu oherwydd eu bod nhw wedi bod mor weithgar ar hyd y flwyddyn.

As you would expect, Candelas brought the house down as headliners with a trademark polished rock set. Their hard work throughout the year was recognised with a Band of the Year award and Best Artwork award. Congratulations boys. 

Gwaith Celf Gorau- Gwobrau Selar 2015

Gwaith Celf Gorau- Gwobrau Selar 2015

Hosan Nadolig// Christmas Stocking

As is traditional at this time of year, I shall endeavour to encourage you to part with your hard-earned cash on some gifts of quality for yourselves and your loved ones. Here is a carefully considered list of recent releases that deserve their place on your christmas playlist.

Fel y bysech chi’n ei ddisgwyl, ‘dw i am drio’ch perswadio chi i wario’ch arian prin ar gerddoriaeth sy’n haeddu ei le ar eich silff chi. Dyma restr dethol o gerddoriaeth gafodd ei ryddhau yn ddiweddar fyddai’n gwneud anrhegion gwerth chweil i’ch ffrindiau, i’ch teulu ac i chi’ch hunain.

Candelas- Bodoli’n Ddistaw

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Following on from their eponymous debut and a headlining gig at Maes b, the most popular band in Wales have released their second L.P, ‘Bodoli’n Ddistaw’ (Existing Quietly).

Highlights include Llwytha’r Gwn, (Load the Gun) featuring Alys Williams.

Carcharorion- Hiraeth EP

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The debut EP by Carcharorion follows hot on the heels of their remix of Pa Le? by 9Bach. It features a remix of Hiraeth by Plu and an updated version of Beth yw’r Haf i Mi which was originally released on the Cam1 compilation by Peski’s Cam o’r Tywyllwch project. It’s available as limited edition CD from peski.co.uk for merely £5 or you can download an mp3 version from peski or from iTunes.

Geraint Jarman- Dwyn yr Hogyn Nol

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Released on Ankst Records, Geraint Jarman is back with a brand new collection. An excellent gift for old and new fans alike. I always find it interesting what people who haven’t grown up with Jarman think, so this is what the Independent said about his Festival No. 6 2014 gig:

“Geraint Jarman shows us why he’s a legend of a scene he helped create. He remains a jerky, wiry performer, with an excellent band mixing over-driven rock guitars, reggae and tuneful punk snarl. When he equates Ethiopia and Cymru, you don’t need to speak his language to know how he feels.”

The album is currently available on Sadwrn.com, however the official album launch will be at Chapter Arts Centre on January 25th accompanied by Plu. See below.

Plu- Holl Anifeiliaid y Goedwig

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A departure from their usual ‘alternative folk’ sound into the world of songs for children. It includes a mixture of traditional, original and reworked versions of children’s songs, all with an animal theme. Fabulous. The perfect gift for anybody with kids, those who love the sibling trio’s perfect harmonies or simply folk enthusiasts. My fave part of this album is Elan’s sheep sounds on Triawd y Buarth. It’s worth buying just for that.

You can get your furry paws/claws on this beautiful collection at Sadwrn.com or straight from Sain. Tickets are selling fast for their gig with Geraint Jarman in Chapter next month.

R.Seiliog- In Hz

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As an early adopter, I have been especially happy to R. Seiliog get some well-deserved appreciation, even if it is in the unlikeliest of places. GQ magazine, for example, they say if you’re into Aphex Twin then try R.Seiliog. But don’t listen to them, and don’t listen to me….try it for yourself. It’s available from Turnstile records as both a CD and on vinyl. In fact, Robin is launching the gig at the Waiting Room in London right now. Call in if you’re in the area.

Q&A With Josh Evans

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My friend from beyond the wall….cymraeg in the kingdom

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Social media has its flaws but one of the benefits is being able to connect with like minded souls you haven’t actually met in person. I interacted with Josh via Instagram and checked out his music on YouTube, I was impressed by what I heard. Josh has recently put out a new single called ‘Dust’ (above) check it out.

Here’s a wee Q&A with Josh –

1. Introduce yourself

I’m Josh Evans, a 21 year old folk-punk songwriter from the Rhondda in South Wales.

2. When did you start playing guitar?

I started playing guitar properly when I was about 11. I’d had a guitar for my 7th or 8th birthday (It was an acoustic, a Brunswick BTK60R, I still have it) but didn’t really understand what to do with it. I listened to loads of music growing up, but didn’t realise that what I listened to could be played…

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9Bach- Tinc

Following their Welsh Music Prize Nominated album Tincian, 9Bach are releasing an E.P. of remixes this month. Tinc will be released on 17th November and will feature remixes by Gruff Rhys and Carcharorion.

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You can listen to the Gruff Rhys remix of Asteri Mou on Line of Best Fit here. Alternatively, how about this:

You can pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon.

TInc EP tracklist:

01 Asteri Mou – Loops & Drones remix, Gruff Rhys
02 Pa Le? – Carcharorion Remix
03 Wedi Torri – Sir Doufus Styles Mix
04 Lliwiau – Gravenhurst Remix
05 Bwthyn Fy Nain – Real World Session Version

To celebrate their ‘most successful year so far’, the band are going on a UK tour.

November

20th     St Donats Arts Centre                     www.stdonats.com

21st      Acapela, Pentyrch                             www.acapelaconcerts.com

22nd    Le Pub, Newport                                 www.lepub.co.uk

23rd     Colston Hall, Bristol                         www.colstonhall.org

December

4th        The Vortex, London                          www.vortexjazz.co.uk

6th        Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda           http://neuaddogwen.com/?lang=en

Yr Eira- Colli Cwsg EP

Yr Eira’s new EP, Colli Cwsg is out NOW on ikaching records.

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The E.P.  is available to download from iTunes or to buy and to physically OWN at Sadwrn.com.

The following five tracks will make you feel like it’s okay to fancy boys that are way younger than you. But don’t worry about it too much because they’re older than you think, it’s just that you graduated three years ago now- twentyfourandahalfisokay.

01. Cragen

02. Ewyn Gwyn

03. Man Gwan

04. Trysor

05. Colli Cwsg

Also, as part of Y Selar magazine’s ten year anniversary tour, the band will be joining Swnami and Estrons at Clwb Ifor Bach on Saturday. Tickets ar £7 on the door.

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