H Hawkline (aka Huw Gwynfryn Evans) releases his new album, In The Pink Of Condition, on Monday 2nd February 2015 on Heavenly Recordings. It is his first long-player ‘proper’ for the label (he released a compilation of previous EPs and tracks, Salt Gall Box Ghouls, in August 2014). The album will be preceded by the release of a single, Moons In My Mirror, which recently premiered on The Quietus.
Recorded at Seahorse Sound Studios in LA and produced by long-time cohort, fellow Welsh émigré and musical maven Cate le Bon, In the Pink Of Condition is his 3rd album, following 2010’s A Cup Of Salt and 2011’s The Strange Uses Of Ox Gall.
An album of “strange pop” (words borrowed from Huw) it’s a controlled explosion of lazer-guided guitar melody – think a careering Television show or Pavement outside the original site of Spillers – and whip smart bi-lingual wordplay.
Although reluctant to cite a shopping list’s worth of influences, Huw nods to two permanent inspirations – the maverick U.S. author Richard Brautigan (the Hawkline name appropriated from Brautigan’s 1974 ‘gothic western’ The Hawkline Monster) and a just-turned-solo Paul McCartney (Huw namechecks Ram, an album coincidentally recorded when the once-and-future Beatle was also twenty-nine).
Having recently supported Cate Le Bon on her UK tour, H Hawkline has announced details of a UK tour in February.
1. Sticky Slithers
3. Everybody’s On
4. Moons In My Mirror
5. Rainy Summer
6. Concrete Colour
8. In Love
9. Dirty Dreams
11. Spooky Dog
12. Back In Town
UK Tour Dates
Feb 5th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Feb 6th – Sheffield, The Harley
Feb 7th – Hay on Wye, The Globe
Feb 9th – London, Servants Jazz Quarters
Feb 10th – Bristol, Louisiana
Feb 12th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Feb 13th – Nottingham, Chameleon
Feb 14th – Glasgow, Nice & Sleazys
Feb 15th – Leeds, Brudenell Games Room
Feb 16th – Wakefield, Unity Works
Feb 17th – Hull, Adelphi
Feb 18th – York, Basement
Feb 19th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Feb 20th – Chester, The Compass
Feb 21st – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
Feb 23rd – Brighton, The Hope
Feb 24th – Manchester, Gullivers
Feb 26th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach