South Wales’ musical heritage tends to promise one of two things: either the experimental-pop sensibilities of Super Furry Animals, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and the like, or some pastoral folk and delicate songwriting most recently exhibited by one Cate Le Bon. At best is when these two things collide, as they do on the new EP from Cardiff’s H. Hawkline, which Cate herself features on.
The opening track on Ghouls, ‘Kiss Me On The Lips’ displays this duality most succinctly, starting off as a creeping, wholly unnerving psych onslaught before winding up as a downtempo, blearily romantic lullaby. The entire record, in fact, follows suit, alternating throughout between guitar-based ballads with a John Cale lilt to garage-rock stompers.
You can stream the entire thing beneath, exclusively on Best Fit:
The Ghouls EP is available via Turnstile from 17 June, you can pre-order now here. It was recorded across the Severn in Bristol with Gruff Rhys/PJ Harvey producer Ali Chant, and features contributions from compatriots Cate Le Bon, Sweet Baboo and more.