The Line Of Best Fit caught up with H. Hawkline for a sweet rendition of the title track from his recent Black Domino Box EP in a moment of calm before a raucous show at the London Palladium, as part of Idle Fret‘s five week residency. In town fresh from his month long US tour of duty playing in Cate Le Bon’s band, she returned the favour for this session along with long time collaborator Sweet Baboo.
Love for the valium crunching Cardiff crooner has been steadily building for some time, but he switched things up a gear in August with the release of the EP at the end of August. Co-produced by Gruff Rhys and released on the superb Trash Aesthetics label (Richmond Fontaine, Chuck Prophet) the EP sees H. Hawkline contrasting the gentler strummings of previous release with a janglier, scuzz-psych sound.
Lyrically, Hawkline channels his idol Richard Brautigan through a rough cement mixture of sludge rock, felt and seaweed, listing his possessions in his rented room in this poignant appraisal of a dispossessed generation of multi-tasking, rarely paid young musicians.