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 H 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.

Huw Hawkline was born in Cardiff and raised in sunny Prestatyn, a seaside town famous for the Pontins holiday camp and the first ever branch of Kwik Save. Formerly co-presenter of S4C’s flagship music-show Bandit (alongside Radio 1’s Huw Stephens), twenty-nine year old Huw recorded three albums in his native country (2010’s A Cup Of Salt, 2011’s The Strange Uses Of Ox Gall and the 2014 collection Salt Gall Box Ghouls) before taking flight for a life in L.A. late in 2013. (Well, you would if you could, wouldn’t you?)

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 (think a careering Television set or the Pavement outside the original site of Spillers) and whip smart bi-lingual wordplay.

H. Hawkline Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Spooky Dog’ below:

With support from LUKE WYLDE AND THE JAPES

Luke Wylde and the Japes are a 5 piece Indie/Folk/Pop band from Wolverhampton. The band have been featured on BBC Introducing where they have gained regular airplay through various BBC Introducing shows, including live sessions.

Acoustic guitar undertones, delicate ukulele highlights, full-bodied bass, energetic percussion and intricate surf-pop-high-life inspired guitar riffs provide the perfect backdrop for the distinctive voices of Luke Wylde and Toni Ansell.

The songs of Luke Wylde have been described as well-crafted, ‘Very pretty’ (BBC6 Music), and, have a ‘certain something’ in the lyrical content and vocals that sincerely moves the listener. Brought to life by The Japes, the songs travel through various sub-genres; flirting with Californian surf pop riffs, experimenting with gypsy jazz evoking melodies and bouncing with indie pop guitars. Luke Wylde and the Japes create a musical journey, accurate in rifling through all the elements of love; ecstasy, insecurity, heart-break and depression.

Luke Wylde and the Japes Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Listen to ‘Is This It?’ below:

Plus opening support from MIKE MOLONEY

Influenced by modern day romantic songwriters such as Richard HawleyPatrick WolfPete Doherty and 1950’s era ‘croon rockers’ Eddie Cochran & Buddy Holly, Mike Moloney blends pin drop intimacy with resounding guitar pop creating a sound he coins ‘anachronistic heart songs’.

Mike Moloney Links: Soundcloud | Facebook





Listen to ‘DreamDream’ below: