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Conformist  and  H O R S E S  have collaborated on  ‘Heddiw’  (‘Today’) a standalone Welsh language single released this Friday, today they have shared the video.

Cardiff electronic producer Conformist and gloom wave duo H O R S E S. ‘Heddiw’ ( “Today” in English) collaborate for a collision of electronica and ominous post punk,  on a inventive framework of crunching beats and blips, haunted synth samples and infused with the ominous vocals of duo H O R S E S, that bare more than a passing resemblance to  Joy Division Adam Walton of BBC Radio Wales called it "Brilliantly odd.. like a digital glitchy visit to chapel" .  A collaboration forged in the depths of lockdown, this haunting and bracing release is just a teaser of what’s to come in 2023.

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West Wales Alt-Country Maverick 'Colenso Jones' emerges from the shadows with the exceptional debut single ‘Biscuit Tin’. Hailing from Pontypridd, South Wales and a stalwart of the Cymru-Cana movement Colenso offers a very strong debut which is an intriguingly refreshing blend of Alt-Country, Americana and Folk. ‘Biscuit Tin’ will be released independently on the 2nd of September.

 

Colenso has performed headline shows in Europe, the U.S and across the U.K with BBC introducing favorites Climbing Trees. The Pontypridd musician has released 5 albums and 10 singles through various projects since 2012, with his tracks also being used on Sky, BBC, ITV as well as others.

 


As well as many festival appearances, including Greenman Festival, Colenso has also performed and recorded at Maida Vale Studios and Abbey Road. His first solo album is due for release early 2023. The album will be a fusion of folk, country, indie and electronica.

 

Colenso Added this about the release:

 

‘"After being in bands and side projects for the last 10 years it’s a great opportunity for me to do something purely on my own and use the experiences I’ve had to create a record that is personal to me."



“I’ve always enjoyed creating music. After picking up the guitar at 10 and learning songs that others have written you get to a point where you know enough chords to write something completely new and I’ve always loved that feeling. I’ve carried that feeling through my life and it’s taken me to some great places, Maida Vale, Abbey Road and New York are just a few of the places music has given me the opportunity to visit so I think I’ll keep going and see where I end up next.”

 


‘Biscuit Tin’ single released independently on September 2nd.
 

 


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'I'd never heard the notion of a concept album purely devoted to bedding and sleep - But now i have".  



The second single - '4 posters' from Cardiff collective Quilty Pleasures taken from the forthcoming album 'Quilty Pleasures' is a tale of two brothers still living in the same room as adults and having the same posters adorning their walls and the occasional tiffs that occur.



The track has a building anthemic feel with a psychedelic edge.
Quilty pleasures is a collaboration based on the concept of bedding and sleep between producer - Frank Naughton and Wayne mcauliffe, Gid Goundrey, Jessica Ball, Paul Battenbough and Andy Fung.

 


'Quilty Pleasures' the album will be released on Friday 2nd September

Produced by Frank Naughton, Wayne Mcauliffe, Andy Fung, Paul Battenbough, Gid Goundrey, Iwan Ap Huw Morgan.
Recorded at Ty Drwg Studios, Grangetown, Cardiff.
Engineered by Frank Naughton.
Frank Naughton - Keys, Guitars, Bass, Vocals & Classical Arrangements.
Wayne Mcauliffe - Concept and Vocals.
Iwan Ap Huw Morgan - Guitars.
Gid Goundrey - Bass & Guitars.
Andy Fung - Drums, Bass, Guitars & Vocals.
Paul Battenbough - Guitars & Vocals.
Jessica Ball - Vocals.
Mastered by Gaz Williams at Fliskin Manor.



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Rydych chi'n gwybod y bydd hi'n haf bythgofiadwy, diddiwedd pan fydd sŵn digamsyniol Los Blancos yn llenwi'r awyr boeth ganol nos, gan gicio'i ffordd allan o'r speakers gyda'r un mesur o agwedd a swyn di-ben-draw.

 

Mae’r band yn ôl gyda Sengl Ddwbl A ‘Chwaraewr Gorau (Yr Ail Dîm) / Kareem Abdul Jabbar’. Mae'r caneuon yn gipolwg o o drywydd albwm nesaf hir-ddisgwyliedig Los Blancos.

 

“Ysgrifennais fersiwn fras o Kareem Abdul Jabbar yn ystod y cyfnod clo cyntaf, ar ôl cyfnod o wylio llwyth o bêl-fasged. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar yw'r prif sgoriwr pwyntiau yn yr NBA erioed ond mae hefyd yn actor, awdur ac yn eiriolwr cyfiawnder cymdeithasol llwyddiannus. Mae'r gân yn deyrnged iddo. Rwyf bob amser wedi fy syfrdanu gan ba mor ostyngedig ydyw, yn enwedig pan ystyriwch ei gyflawniadau. Mae cyfeiriadau hefyd at ei “skyhook” ddigyfnewid a’i gameo yn y ffilm Airplane.

 

“Ro’n i wedi bod yn gwrando lot ar Jefferson Airplane, Hendrix a Neil Young, a newydd ail-wylio ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ ac yn trio creu rhyw fath o naws California o’r 1970au (dwi ddim yn siŵr os daw hynny drwodd, ond rwy'n hoffi'r canlyniad serch hynny)”  Dewi Jones, Llais, Bas

 

"Ysgrifennwyd Chwaraewr Gorau (Yr Ail Dim)' cyn y clo ac mae’n cymryd dylanwad gan artistiaid fel Stephen Malkmus a Twin Peaks - artistiaid sydd wedi bod yn ffefryn i'r band ers y cychwyn. Dechreuodd fel demo garw ac adeiladwyd arno yn ystod sesiynau recordio dros y clo. Mae'r gân yn bortread o rywun sy'n slacker/bron yn ddyn. Roeddwn i hefyd eisiau cynnwys rhai cyfeiriadau pêl-droed yn y gân, Mae’n cynnwys cyfeiriad at Nick Cusack, cyn-chwaraewr tîm pêl-droed Abertawe, a oedd yn dipyn o gleisiwr pan oedd yr Elyrch yn yr adrannau isaf.” -  Gwyn Rosser, Llais, Gitâr 

  

 

(ENGLISH VERSION) 

 

You know it’s going to be an unforgettable, endless summer when the unmistakable sound of Los Blancos fills the hot mid-evening air, kicking it’s way out of the speakers with equal amount of attitude and boundless charm.

 

The band are back with a Double A side Single ‘Chwaraewr Gorau (Yr Ail Dîm) / Kareem Abdul Jabbar’.

 

These songs are tantalising glimpse of where the next album will find Los Blancos. “I wrote a rough version of Kareem Abdul Jabbar during the first lockdown, after a phase of watching loads of basketball. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all time leading points scorer in the NBA but is also a successful actor, author and social justice advocate. The song is a tribute to him. I'm always blown away with how humble he is, especially when you consider his accomplishments. There’s references to his unstoppable “skyhook” and his cameo in the film Airplane.

 

"I had been listening a lot to Jefferson Airplane, Hendrix and Neil Young, and had just re-watched 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' and was trying to create a kind of 1970’s California vibe (I’m not sure if that comes through, but i liked the result nonetheless)”  Dewi Jones, Vocals, Bass

 

“Chwaraewr Gorau (Yr Ail Dim) was written before lockdown and takes influence from artists such as Stephen Malkmus and Twin Peaks. Both have been a favourite for the band since we began. It started out as a rough Demo and it was built on during recording sessions over lockdown. The song is a portrayal of someone who's a slacker/nearly man, who can't quite catch a break. I also wanted to include some football references in the song, It includes a reference to Nick Cusack, a former Swansea City player, who was a bit of a bruiser when the Swans were in the lower divisions.” -  Gwyn Rosser, Vocals, Guitar 

 

 

Lyric Translations / Cyfieithiad Geiriau   


 
Chwaraewr Gorau (Yr Ail Dim)



He sat down, it was a pleasure to have his company,
His mind so cunnig, he was the best player in the second team,
But he pulled out, before it too cold,
Well thats it, remember to chew before you spit
Yee come on, no need to fall, if you have something to say about the lad
Talking rubbish, thats all he could master,
With plenty of ability, its an easy thing to validate,
He had itchy feet, like a Cuzak 50/50,
Like combing without hair, its an easy thing to over interpret.


Kareem Abdul Jabbar



A man so tall, and yet so mobile
Controlling the court with magic johnson
He leaps so easily
And the ball flies through the net
Kareeeeem abdul jabbar
Every word and every letter is poetry
And he can fly a plane
he leaps so easily
And the balls flies through the net
Kareeem abdul jabbar
What you gonna do when he hits you with a skyhook?
Theres nothing you can do, he just hits you and he wont look back

 

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Championed by  Gary Crowley  on  BBC Radio London  and Playlisted on  Amazing Radio's  A List, with  BBC Radio Wales  support from  Huw Stephens  and  Adam Walton , North Wales Indie-Psych Band  Holy Coves  have had quite a year so far. They share a brand new single called 'Away We Go' before their highly anticipated new  'Druids And Bards'  album is released via Yr  Wyddfa Records  on the 14th of October.

Through long time friend and Producer  David Wrench , '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 material and certainly contributes to their new sound.




HOLY COVES UK TOUR DATES 2022

AUGUST

19th August - The Parish, Wrexham
26th August - Front Room, Rhyl



SEPTEMBER

1st September - Cluny 2, Newcastle
9th September - Audio, Glasgow
10th September - Pressure, Kilmarnock
11th September - Bannermans, Edinburgh
15th September - The Bullingdon, Oxford
16th September - Rascals, Bangor
17th September - Queens Hall, Narberth
23rd September - Satan's Hallow, Manchester
24th September - The Brickyard, Carlisle
30th September - Boom, Leeds



OCTOBER

1st October - Salty Dog, Northwich
2nd October - Portland Arms, Cambridge

 

NOVEMBER



3rd November - Underworld, Camden
4th November - The Loft, Southampton
11th November - Y Llew Goch, Machynlleth
12th November - Doldrum Escape Project, Dolgellau
25th November - Clwb Ifor Back, Cardiff
26th November - Cwrw - Camarthen

 


DECEMBER

2nd December - Ucheldre, Holyhead
3rd December - Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda



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West Wales Alt-Country Maverick 'Colenso Jones' emerges from the shadows with the exceptional debut single ‘Biscuit Tin’. Hailing from Pontypridd, South Wales and a stalwart of the Cymru-Cana movement Colenso offers a very strong debut which is an intriguingly refreshing blend of Alt-Country, Americana and Folk. ‘Biscuit Tin’ will be released independently on the 2nd of September.

 

Colenso has performed headline shows in Europe, the U.S and across the U.K with BBC introducing favorites Climbing Trees. The Pontypridd musician has released 5 albums and 10 singles through various projects since 2012, with his tracks also being used on Sky, BBC, ITV as well as others.

 


As well as many festival appearances, including Greenman Festival, Colenso has also performed and recorded at Maida Vale Studios and Abbey Road.
His first solo album is due for release early 2023. The album will be a fusion of folk, country, indie and electronica.

 

Colenso Added this about the release:

 

‘"After being in bands and side projects for the last 10 years it’s a great opportunity for me to do something purely on my own and use the experiences I’ve had to create a record that is personal to me."



“I’ve always enjoyed creating music. After picking up the guitar at 10 and learning songs that others have written you get to a point where you know enough chords to write something completely new and I’ve always loved that feeling. I’ve carried that feeling through my life and it’s taken me to some great places, Maida Vale, Abbey Road and New York are just a few of the places music has given me the opportunity to visit so I think I’ll keep going and see where I end up next.”
 


‘Biscuit Tin’ single released independently on September 2nd.  

 


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Pixy Jones  announces brand new single  'Maureen Dreams No More'  which is the 2nd single to be taken from anticipated debut album  'Bits n Bobs'  released via Strangetown Records on the 16th September.

'Maureen Dreams No More'  will be released digitally on the 5th of August.

Pixy Jones brand new Debut Album 'Bits n Bobs'

El Goodo guitarist and songwriter 'Pixy Jones' has announced that his debut album entitled 'Bits n Bobs' is due for release on 16th of September via Strangetown Records.

Branching away from the familiar El Goodo platform, Welsh psych scene stalwart Pixy Jones has himself compiled a truly remarkable collection of tracks that fluctuate from 60's harmony-rich psych pop, to Alt-Country with ringing tremelo guitar.

The swaggering 'I'm Not There' is the first single to be taken from 'Bits n Bobs' accompanied by a magical version of Beatles track 'And Your Bird Can Sing' as it's B SIde, which will be released digitally on Friday 1st of July.

Pixy had this to say about the release:

The album was originally intended as a solo project under the pseudonym of “Wallace Russell”. I recorded it alongside the recording of Zombie (El Goodo) whenever I could get in the studio. There are some really old songs that have always been overlooked for 'El Goodo' albums for one reason or another, a few new ones which I wrote specifically for this, and a couple that would have probably ended up on the intended double album version of Zombie if we’d kept going with the double album idea. I’ve since ditched the 'Wallace Russell' name and gone back to 'Pixy Jones' as I figured there’s no need to have a pseudonym if nobody knows who you are in the first place. Even though I dropped the name I’ve kept the walrus mask for now as it is more photogenic than my actual face.

I had no recording budget so I had to fund it by quitting smoking and saving the money up to pay for studio time. It took, I think, two and a half years to record, which is by far the quickest I’ve ever recorded an album. Would have been quicker too if it wasn’t for Covid!

Originally I wanted it to just be a quickly recorded slap dash and get it out sort of thing but I had a year and a half during Covid to think about it a bit more and ended up taking more care to get it done properly. It was just me there so I played most of it myself apart from  Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo)  who played brass and woodwind on one song and  Rhodri Brooks (AhGeeBe)  plays some pedal steel on a couple.

Elliott and Canny from 'El Goodo' played drums and bass on Wind Street during the Zombie recording sessions.

The album was recorded and mixed in  Aerial Studios  with  Tim Lewis  aka  Thighpaulsandra (Coil/Hawkwind/Spiritulized) , a couple of songs were finished in the house during the lockdowns.

It’ll be released on  Strangetown Records.

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Heddlu is the new musical project by Rhodri Daniel. The Ceredigion native was a founding member of renowned Welsh band Estrons who had a major impact on the industry having gained rave reviews from the likes of  NME,   Vice,   DIY  and  Clash  to  BBC Radio Radio X Ultimate Guitar,   The Guardian  and  Independent .

After finishing the band in 2019, Rhodri became aware that his hearing was severely damaged. Years of touring the live circuit had taken their toll, Rhodri ultimately being diagnosed with hearing loss, tinnitus and severe sensitivity to noise. The effects were so acute, Rhodri was unable to be in the same room as other people, leave the house or play music for almost a year.

A chance encounter with a retired record producer, who's old forgotten studio on the slopes of the Cambrian Mountains was filled with antique synthesisers, inspired Rhodri to consider music once more. Advised to get outdoors to aid recovery, he embarked on a three-month hike spanning 900 miles of the entire Welsh coastline, where he conceived the new project and was inspired to write the music in his head, to be recorded upon his return. Serendipity led Rhodri back to music, and Heddlu was born. Meaning ‘Police’ in Welsh, from the words ‘peace-force’, Heddlu's music has been true to its’ name, offering a force of peace to the songwriter.

“Cantref”, Heddlu’s debut album, is a concept album of sorts, based on a central character who finds themselves washed down river and castaway at sea, only to descend to the depths of Cambrian Bay to 'Cantref Gwaelod', a mythological sunken celtic city, populated with malevolent long-forgotten spirits. Initially, the protagonist struggles to accept reality, before eventually coming to terms with their fate, and learning to float amongst the ghosts.

'Cantref', is a bilingual electronic rock album, full of volatile sonics, soaring melodies and unexpected turns, inspired by wild places, trauma and beauty.

“Cantref” is out now via 'Zawn Records'

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'Llygredd Gweledol' yw teitl EP diweddaraf y triawd o dde Cymru, CHROMA. Wedi'u recordio'n fyw gan y cynhyrchydd Kris Jenkins (Cate Le Bon, SFA, Gruff Rhys), mae'r caneuon sydd yn ymddangos ar 'Llygredd Gweledol' - 'Llygredd Gweledol, Caru. Cyffuriau, Meindia'r Gap, Weithiau' - yn dal sain amrwd ac egniol CHROMA, sain sydd wedi cadarnhau y band fel profiad byw y mae'n rhaid ei weld.

Mae drymiau di-stop Zac a riffiau bas mentrus Liam yn plethu i greu storm lle mae Katie yn troelli ei gwirionedd melodaidd di-rwystr, yn onest ac sydd yn torri i'r asgwrn.

Casgliad o ganeuon yw 'Llygredd Gweledol' sy’n gadael y gwrandawr yn awyddus am yr hyn a ddaw nesaf, mae’n droad y dudalen, yn dudalen wag gyda’r posibiliadau creadigol o ble mae CHROMA'n mynd nesaf. Mae nhw'n fand gyda chymaint i'w ddweud a chymaint i'w rannu.

  'Meindia’r Gap' allan ar 29 Gorffennaf.

 



 


'Llygredd Gweledol' is the title of South Wales three-piece CHROMA's latest EP. Recorded live by producer Kris Jenkins (Cate Le Bon, SFA, Gruff Rhys), 'Llygredd Gweledol' songs - 'Llygredd Gweledol, Caru.Cyffuriau, Meindia’r Gap, Weithiau' - capture the versatile and energetic sound that Chroma have made their own…..a sound that has cemented the band’s reputation as a must see live experience.

The fearless intertwined drums and bass riffs of Zac and Liam create a thunderstorm on which vocalist and lyricist Katie spins her melodic unbridled truth, honest and bone deep.

'Llygredd Gweledol' Is a collection of song that leave the listener eager for what comes next, it’s a turning of the page, empty with the creative possibilities of where Chroma go next. They are a band with so much to say and so much to share.

'Meindia’r Gap' will be out on 29th July




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Heddlu is the new musical project by Rhodri Daniel. The Ceredigion native was a founding member of renowned Welsh band Estrons who had a major impact on the industry having gained rave reviews from the likes of 
NME Vice,   DIY  and  Clash  to  BBC Radio Radio X Ultimate Guitar The Guardian  and  Independent.





After finishing the band in 2019, Rhodri became aware that his hearing was severely damaged. Years of touring the live circuit had taken their toll, Rhodri ultimately being diagnosed with hearing loss, tinnitus and severe sensitivity to noise. The effects were so acute, Rhodri was unable to be in the same room as other people, leave the house or play music for almost a year.

 

A chance encounter with a retired record producer, who's old forgotten studio on the slopes of the Cambrian Mountains was filled with antique synthesisers, inspired Rhodri to consider music once more. Advised to get outdoors to aid recovery, he embarked on a three-month hike spanning 900 miles of the entire Welsh coastline, where he conceived the new project and was inspired to write the music in his head, to be recorded upon his return. Serendipity led Rhodri back to music, and Heddlu was born. Meaning ‘Police’ in Welsh, from the words ‘peace-force’, Heddlu's music has been true to its’ name, offering a force of peace to the songwriter.

 

“Auto-Da-Fé”, Heddlu’s 3rd single, (meaning ‘Act of faith’ in the Spanish language), is named after the trial that heretics and apostates faced during the Spanish inquisition, before being condemned. Sung from the dual perspectives of a judgemental inquisitor, and the artist himself, the song conveys a sorrowful and tumultuous scene, echoing how we continually put ourselves on trial for the things that we have done.



“Auto-Da-Fé” is out on 22nd July 2022 on 'Zawn Records'.



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