Awst is the project of Eryri musician Cynyr Hamer. Awst returns with bittersweet new single 'Afallon’ a hazy wistful song about not being able to recapture childhood memories of long hot summers in the 90s, spending time with family in his grandparents home. Hamer says “over the years our grandparents' home has become like a mythical magical place which exists only in our memories, like the mythical story of Avalon.”
With a redolent, glowing, psych tinged strum and lilting vocals, it’s a wistful and gorgeous window into childhood and fond memories. The accompanying video is a snapshot of that place and time, filmed by his dad through a larger camcorder in the early 1990s.
"And to be in the place of my home, now i seek for that place far within my memory"
Having been involved in various other bands over the years, such as Worldcub, Hippies Vs Ghosts, and We Are Animal, Awst is Cynyr's more personal solo brainchild. Active since 2021, a handful of releases are already under the belt, including debut album 'Haul/Lloer' follow up self titled album 'Awst' and newly released album' Mewn Côf'. All released within a year.
Awst's songs are crafted from acoustic melodies, layered with dreamy guitars and synths, with the occasional horn sections. The material is written and recorded entirely by Cynyr on a tascam multitrack recorder in a caravan up in the Eryri hills. The songs are recorded almost always on first takes, keeping the live element of excitement of playing the parts for the first time, with spontaneity, playfulness and freedom captured in the music. The songs often conjure up nostalgic feelings at the end of summer, capturing bittersweet memories and sounds.
Having played electro-acoustic sets at numerous shows in the past year, including FOCUS Wales Festival and FOCUS Wales’ Dydd Miwsig Cymru event, Awst set out to release his third album, with the single 'Hafan' being the first to appear, followed by second single 'Aros Tan Ddydd', 'Afallon'; is the third and final single to be released from his summer album release titled 'Mewn Côf'.
Cardiff Alternative band 'Part Time Signals' are set to release their brand new debut album 'Another Day In Paradise' on the 13th of October via Bubblewrap collective.
Following on from ‘Take Me For A Ride’ , and ‘The Man’ , the final taste of music from thebands upcoming album will be ‘Lazy’. Jacob explains: “Lazy is a familiar feeling, it’s a laidback groove you can listen to while you’re feeling lazy in the morning.”
The Previous 'Part Time Signals' singles the band have enjoyed radio support from Adam Walton BBC Introducing in Wales , Huw Stephens BBC Radio Wales, WRIR , Postcards From The Underground & Kool Rock Radio , and some lovely reviews from Nation Cymru , Circuit Sweet , Amplify The Noise, Americymru and Spotlight on Kulture.
Part Time Signals Bio
Part Time Signals is the new project formed by Sock vocalist and guitarist Jacob Church. The band came together initially by taking demo ideas written by Jacob. When introduced to a live band setting they grew into the form they take on this record. Part Time Signals features the talents of Sam Barnes (bass), Gavin Jenkins (drums) and Michael Blanchfield (keys).
All songs on the album were tracked one hot day in August 2022 at Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff, followed by a few days recording additional overdubs. The album was mixed by Sam Barnes and mastered by Eddie Al-Shakarchi.
‘Another Day In Paradise’ is a journey through the days. It will be released on a limited run of 100 vinyl copies and across all digital platforms on October 13th.
The artwork photo is by Jacob Church with typography and layout by Rich Chitty.
To mark twenty years since God Is In The TV Zine started, we are throwing a party at The Gate, in Cardiff on Saturday 30th September 2023, featuring incredible bands and artists. The bill includes the two-time Welsh Music Prize winners and GIITTV favourites Adwaith who will be headlining. Main support comes from bilingual noise pop trio Chroma fresh from supporting Foo Fighters and ahead of the release of their debut album Ask for Angela this October. They will be joined by master Welsh songsmith Carwyn Ellis of Rio 18, Colorama and The Pretenders live band, who will be playing an exclusive stripped back set, plus emerging artist The Honest Poet , who blends soul, hip hop, and pop into personal songs full of heart.
Opening the show will be one of our tips for 2023, Half Happy , a wonderful bittersweet indie-pop band who have captured our hearts in recent months. Great practitioners of soulful lo-fi pop Papaya Noon will then ease you into the late afternoon.
Finally, on the decks we have former Boomtown booker and local legend Kaptin who will be bringing the party with his encyclopaedic collection of hip hop, soul, disco music and beyond. We are incredibly excited to be bringing this event to such a historic venue from 3pm onwards until late, in association with Hope Not Hate, our friends at Joyzine who are also celebrating their twentieth year, and The Zine. Tickets are £20 in advance, more on the door, order your tickets here.
An independent publication, GIITTV, started life in 2003. This was an era even before blogs, before YouTube, and Twitter. Inspired by webzines like Drowned in Sound and the punk zine spirit of Repeat fanzine, editor Bill Cummings started posting early reviews from the Cardiff University newspaper, Gair Rhydd on a basic Yahoo Geocities page. Over the years he was then joined by writers from around Britain and the world. Since then GIITTV has evolved through many incarnations and evolutions as a website and publication and now boasts a passionate and hardworking editorial team, over 200 writers, and the contributions of artists and web designers, without whom this website would not have grown and thrived for so many years. With a solid following, we hope we have grown into one of the most lasting online portals for music and culture that is around today. We have always championed the artists that excite us from throughout the country and beyond, no matter their level or label, providing a platform for emerging artists and groups. The site has also had a special focus on Welsh music over the last decade, championing the new Welsh wave of artists. We have developed this by spotlighting as many genres as we can in the principality, sponsoring a stage at the Focus Wales festival and by featuring the likes of The Anchoress, Adwaith, Carwyn Ellis, Aderyn and many more artists besides on our podcast Show Me Magic.
As well as delivering a stream of quality writing, our achievements over the years include raising £5000 for Help Musicians from a R.E.M. Covers compilation that was endorsed by the band and helped to promote several charity shows including G Spot in London and Mind Fest in Cardiff. We have also staged shows by the likes of F rightened Rabbit, My Sad Captains, Orphans and Vandals, Rose Kemp, Love Inks, Eric Chenaux, Slow Down Molasses, HMS Morris, Vessels and many more. Our deputy editor, Simon Godley, received an award for best festival journalist at the Festival Congress in 2015.
With an independent voice free of corporate constraints, we have always believed in giving new artists and writers a platform to gain experience, hone their craft, and explore their passions. We are powered by the goodwill, knowledge, and enthusiasm of our writers, the support of labels and artists, and the readers. We hope this event – set in the heart of Cardiff at one of the city’s most impressive venues- a converted church with listed status as a building – marks this special occasion in style with an event that celebrates some of Wales’s finest artists and which will act as a huge thank you to everyone involved.
Igam-Ogam is one of Mali Hâf's favorite Welsh words, so he decided to write a song with this title. She identifies with the reality she describes and believes it is onamatopoeia. He has a lot of fun dancing energetically to the song when it's live.
Mali hopes, through the chaotic but catchy electronic beat, to convey the frustration and uncertainty of the zigzag road as well as the relief that comes from beginning to surrender to its amazing pattern. In the more slow and vulnerable parts she talks to her young self and sympathizes with the little girl who expected to travel a simple and straight road, without mistakes and pain.
But ultimately it is a song that celebrates the unexpected, the unknown and the unusual and encourages movement and dance.
Igam Ogam will be on the six song EP called “Jig-So” which is being released in the Autumn. And Mali is also extremely grateful to the Arts Council of Wales for its financial support towards completing her songs in this project.
This is the second single leading towards an EP in the Autumn. This new material is a collaboration with the South Wales based producer Minas.
Lyrics 'IGAM OGAM'
What did you expect, from someone so clumsy?
He is so tired, he is so tired Tried to stay and the path is so straight and narrow I'm sorry, I'm sorry for the trouble I plead, plead If you were expecting a more simple journey
I always walk the zigzag path Sometimes I long for the straight path There is no way around the zig zag path did you join me for a spin?
There was a shy little girl, looking for the way The path to the stage with red ribbons I plead, plead For her to lose her way But now I celebrate On my own special way
In Zig Zag I always walk the zigzag path Sometimes I know what's around the corner But there is no way around the zig zag path You come to look for the wizard with me?
MALI HAF IN THE PRESS
Last single 'Shwsh!' supported by Tom Ravenscroft and Deb Grant, New Music Fix, BBC 6 Music, Huw Stephens, Adam Walton, BBC Introducing, Rhys Mwyn, BBC Radio Cymru, Georgia Ruth, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Cymru 2, The Unsigned Guide: July Spotlight, Klust Music, Y Selar, She Makes Music, New Lease Music, Amplify The Noise and many more......
'Her musical essence, a fusion of electronic pulses, pop allure, and Alt RnB vibes, harmoniously embraces her ancestral Welsh mysticism!'
- Where The Music Meets
'That is quite magical. Mali’s magnificent voice is angelic and effervescent!'
- Amplify The Noise
'Mali Hâf takes us on a most experimental sound journey while immersing us in electronic Pop sounds that she dominates with an irresistibly catchy voice!'
Indie Punk band 'Pseudo Cool' release their brand new 'Sharp's Catching Waves' single Independently on Friday 11th August. It's an empowering homage to 1970's Welsh surfer Linda Sharp.
Linda Sharp was a champion surfer who was born in Aberafan. She won the European surfing championships twice, the British surfing championships ten times and the Welsh surfing championships 19 times. She is deemed one of the most successful British Surfers of all time.
Inviting you back to the polluted skyline of 1970s Port Talbot, Pseudo Cool return with their latest single ‘Sharp’s Catching Waves’.
Join them to cheer on trailblazing surfer, Linda Sharp. Woah!
Previous singles featured on Adam Walton, Lisa Gwilym shows on BBC Wales. ‘I felt both uncomfortable and thrilled. That’s exactly what I’m looking for!’
‘Dirty Riff with excellence over the top.’
Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales)
Pseudo Cool are a ‘Dirty Pop’ band from Maesteg, South Wales. Witty, punchy and raw with influences ranging from The Clash to Lily Allen.
‘Profound but with some light-heartedness and humour’
AWAY WE GO' is the fourth single and video in a series of five music videos to be released by the band from their acclaimed album ‘Druids and Bards’ - created by award winning Ukrainian Filmmaker Taras Merenkov and filmed by Jason Griffith .
Notably, Taras Merenkov won an award for the video he shot for the band for their video for ‘The Hurt Within’ and we can see history repeating itself with the video for ‘Away We Go’.
Merenkov's hazy cinematic style of direction really emphasises and captures the very essence of the music and makes a formidable accompanying visual, filmed on location in the band’s local vicinity in Wales.
As mentioned above, 'AWAY WE GO' is taken from the band’s critically acclaimed album 'Druids and Bards ' which is out now via Welsh label 'Yr Wyddfa Records'
‘Druids and Bards’ has been championed by Gary Crowley on BBC Radio London and playlisted on Amazing Radio's A List, Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and with BBC Radio Wales support from Huw Stephens and Adam Walton . It's fair to say that North Wales Psych-Rock Band Holy Coves have had quite the year!
Through long time friend and Producer David Wrench (just mixed the new BLUR album), 'Holy Coves' were put in touch with Texan Producer Erik Wofford ( The Black Angels / Explosions In The Sky ) and have built quite a magical working relationship, one where Wofford found himself on Mixing and Mastering duties for the ' Druids And Bards' album and it has certainly contributed massively to their new sound and ethos.
The track ‘AWAY WE GO’ is the work of Welsh Singer/Songwriter, Scott Marsden and was Recorded at Pehhesgyn Hall Studios, Menai Bridge Anglesey, Produced by Scott Marsden, John Lawrence (Gorky Zycotic Mynci ) & Owain Ginsberg ( We Are Animal / Hippies vs Ghosts) and Mixed by Erik Wofford (The Black Angels) in Austin Texas USA.
Scott has said of the inspiration behind the track and video:
“The line ‘ All I see is you and me ‘ was written for my wife. She's my soulmate,
We’ve been through so much together, Whenever I sing this I think of her.”
“ This record is about stepping out of the darkness and into the light”
The physical copies of the Druids and Bards album sold out within just two months and the band are set to release another coloured vinyl pressing shortly.
This year has also seen Holy Coves touring the whole of the UK and they have plans to do so again before the end of the year. During their earlier tour of the UK they took in festivals such as the Isle Of Wight Festival where they enjoyed playing to a packed out tent on the This Feeling stage.
Hyll i ryddhau eu halbwm cyntaf 'Sŵn o’r Stafell Arall' ddydd Gwener 28 Gorffennaf ar Recordiau JigCal.
Ers ffurfio yn 2016, mae Hyll wedi ennill calonnau nifer iawn o Gymry gyda'u caneuon unigryw a'u geiriau ffraeth am gymeriadau eu tref enedigol, Caerdydd.
Eglura'r band: "Mae’n deg i ddweud bod amser yn themâu cryf i'r straeon sy’n cael eu hadrodd ar yr albwm, y limbo dryslyd rhwng eich arddegau a thyfu lan i fod yn oedolyn."
Wedi iddynt arbrofi gyda synau gwahanol ar eu EP 'Mymryn' (2021), mae’r pedwarawd yn mynd yn ôl i'w gwreiddiau indi ar yr albwm, ac yn dilyn sŵn tebyg i'w senglau diweddar 'Hanner Marathon' a 'Mike'. Yn gasgliad o ddeg trac, mae'r albwm yn amlygu dylanwadau cerddorol y band sy'n cynnwys Nick Cave, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Soccer Mommy a’r Pixies yn ogystal â'r awduron Walt Whitman a Virginia Woolf.
Mae 'Sŵn o’r Stafell Arall' allan ddydd Gwener 28ain o Orffennaf, lle bydd Hyll yn lansio'r LP yn Clwb Ifor Bach ar yr un noson. Bydd cyfle hefyd i weld Iwan, Owain, Jac a Gruff yn perfformio yng ngŵyl The Green Man (Rising Stage) ar Awst 20fed.
Since forming in 2016, Hyll have won the hearts of many with their unique songwriting and witty lyrics about the characters of their hometown, Cardiff.
The band explains: "It's fair to say that time is a strong theme on the album, the confusing limbo between being a teenager and growing up to be an adult."
After experimenting with different sounds on their 2021 EP 'Mymryn', the quartet go back to their indie roots on the album, and follows a similar sound to their recent singles 'Hanner Marathon' and 'Mike'. The album is a collection of ten tracks, and highlights the band's musical influences including Nick Cave, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Soccer Mommy and the Pixies, as well as writers Walt Whitman and Virginia Woolf.
'Sŵn o’r Stafell Arall' is out this Friday 28th of July, where Hyll will be launching the LP at Clwb Ifor Bach on the same night. Iwan, Owain, Jac and Gruff will also be performing at The Green Man festival (Rising Stage) on August 20th.
Sŵn o’r Stafell Arall
01. Bore Dydd Gwener 02. Hanner Marathon 03. Coridor 04. Mewn Cariad 05. Mike 06. North Parade 07. Yr Unig Ffordd Mewn i'r Pwll Yw Neidio 08. Na 09. Galar 10. Weekender Forever
Silent Forum release their most unashamedly poppy single to date, Treat Yourself, coming out on 11 July via Libertino Records. Treat Yourself is a mixture of revealing, uncomfortable lyrics paired with animated, uplifting pop instrumentation. You can hear the band having a great time playing around in much poppier territory than they are used to - this is as bubblegum as they're ever going to get.
Treat Yourself is the classic mixture of revealing, uncomfortable lyrics paired with animated, uplifting pop instrumentation. You can hear the band having a ball playing around in much poppier territory than they are used to. “Why don’t you treat yourself to a little self love / You matter, you matter so much / You don’t matter, you matter”.
Cardiff based post-rock band ' Aaronson' are poised to release their brand new Album 'The Great Swells That Carry Us Will Pull Us Under' via Dirty Carrot Records.
Aaronson's 'The Great Swells That Carry Us Will Pull Us Under' album is a sonic marvel filled with beautifully arranged ambient post-rock that will season the senses.
Aaronson are a post rock band from South Wales, whose towering layers of melody and epic crescendos have seen them share a stage with Nordic Giants, Coldbones, A-Tota-So and False Hope For The Savage, finish runners up at The Big Gig Wales 2020, be nominated for a Cardiff Music Award and release their cinematic EP You Are Not A Stranger Here.
"exceptionally adept at what they do!" - Destroy Exist
"an aural aura of being caught in between the rolling deluge of the ocean" Amplify The Noise
“Their seismic sound could fill an aircraft hangar”, “Hands That Harvest is a spellbinding instrumental” – Welsh Music Podcast
“Beautifully emotive post rock”, “Atmospheric post rock at its finest” – Cardiff Events
"brilliantly craft a near perfect post rock sound" Ear To The Ground
“Songs that incorporate plenty of slow burn and build up, resulting in gorgeous crescendos” – The Razor’s Edge
“If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will” – Minty’s Gig Guide
Libertino yn cyhoeddi sengl gyntaf Los Blancos oddi ar eu hail albwm hir ddisgwyliedig!
‘Christina’ yw’r sengl gyntaf oddi ar ail albwm hir ddisgwyliedig yr arwyr garage,
slacker pync Los Blancos.
Dyma hefyd yw'r gân gyntaf lle mae Osian Owen, gitarydd arferol y band, i'w chlywed fel y prif leisydd. Mae ‘Christina’ yn adrodd stori am wrthryfel ganoloesol a dewder merch mewn cyfnod lle nad oedd gan fenywod lais mewn cymdeithas batriarchaidd. Mae ‘Christina’ hefyd yn pwyso’n drwm ar wreiddiau pync y band, riffs llawn adrenalin a lleisiau cefn angerddol.
Eglura Osian: “Mae hon yn gân am Christina de Markyate, menyw Saesneg o'r 12fed ganrif oedd yn gwrthod cael ei gorfodi i briodi gan ei theulu. Nath hi ddianc wedi gwisgo fel dyn a throi yn flaenores mewn convent, ar ôl cau ei 'suitor' cynta' yn ystafell ei hunan a chuddio o'r llall tu ôl tapestry. Nes i ysgrifennu e yn ystod lockdown ar ôl bod yn gwrando ar lot o Black Flag a Trash Talk, sydd yn dangos yn y gitars cyflym/amrwd. Da'th y lyrics ar ôl darllen un o lyfre hanes Terry Jones lle odd e'n sôn am Christina, ac o ni'n edmygu pa mor gryf a phenderfynol oedd hi.”
Llawn egni a llawenydd direidus, mae 'Christina' gan Los Blancos allan nawr. Los Blancos' first single from their eagerly anticipated second album is out now on Libertino!
‘Christina’ is the first single to be taken from the garage, slacker punk heroes, Los Blancos' eagerly anticipated second album. It it also the first song to have guitarist Osian Owen taking lead vocals on a tale of medieval rebellion, bravely and female empowerment in a time where women had no voice in a stifling patriarchal society.
‘Christina’ also leans heavily on the band's punk roots,
adrenaline fuelled chords and gang vocals.
Osian explains: "The song is about Christina de Markyate, an English woman from the 12th century who refused to be forced into marriage by her family. She escaped dressed as a man and became a prioress in a convent, after locking her first 'suitor' in her own room and hiding from the other behind a tapestry. I wrote it during lockdown after listening to a lot of Black Flag and Trash Talk, which shows in the fast/raw guitars. The lyrics came from reading one of Terry Jones' history books where he talked about Christina, and I admired how strong and determined she was."
Full of passion and mischievous glee, 'Christina' by Los Blancos is out now on Libertino!