When: 7.30pm on Sunday 20 September 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF
We’re delighted to be promoting the Manchester leg of Gwenno and H. Hawkline’s joint tour!
Gwenno Saunders is a sound artist, DJ, radio presenter and singer from Cardiff. She released her Ymbelydredd EP in 2012 to critical acclaim, and more recently released Chwyldro and Golau Arall – a series of singles leading up to her debut album Y Dydd Olaf (The Last Day), which was released in October 2014.
From 2005 until 2010 Gwenno was a writer and performer as a member of Brighton-based conceptual pop band The Pipettes and more recently, toured as a synth player with Australian duo Pnau (Empire Of The Sun) and Elton John. She is a native Welsh and Cornish speaker – and it’s this along with co-producing and co-hosting Welsh language show Cam o’r Tywyllwch (A Step Away From The Darkness) with Peski for Radio Cardiff and more recently, Resonance FM, that has led her to create music that translates her internationalist influences into layered, home-fi keyboard sounds wrapped in echoed vocals and musique concrete-inspired beats.
In The Pink Of Condition – H. Hawkline’s first record for the irrepressibly brilliant Heavenly Recordings – is a transportational record. Through twelve tracks, it folds the space between a pinched grey seaside town in North Wales and the bleached-out wide-open spaces of the City of Angels. In doing so, it creates a glorious hybrid environment – one where a rundown, rough and tumble branch of Pontins could occupy the space once reserved for the Disney castle and where ‘spooky dogs’ wait for you around corners, their ‘two eyes set in a lick of fog’.
Shot through with the blues, the reds and the golds, the greens and the wispy white clouds that hang lazy over the rolling Pacific, In The Pink Of Condition truly marks Huw Hawkline’s arrival. His first album proper for Heavenly Recordings, it blossoms with all the charm, beauty, wit and wonder that’s been hinted at over the last few years across the artist’s limited run releases, singles and EPs and adds a brilliantly clear-eyed focus.
This is a co-promotion with Wotgodforgot.