Los Blancos : Datgysylltu / Chwarter i Dri (AA Single)Released 09.02.2018 : Libertino Records
There's a rare excitement when you discover a new band that is going to be important to you. Repeat plays of Los Blancos' debut Mae'n Anodd Deffro Un momentarily produced that feeling, this new AA single, released on Welsh Language Music Day, confirms it as a persistent emotion.
The two tracks this release contains have differing character.
For Datgysylltu the inspirational white light of the sound of the Velvet Underground has been refracted though the prism of the moody edge of the Paisley Underground (as with Mae'n Anodd Deffro Un there's the dark spark of The Dream Syndicate). The result has all the slow extruded energy and distressed elegance you have to demand from first-rate slacker rock.
Chwarter I Dri is lighter in mood - touching ebullience briefly for the chorus - and casually nods a debt to The Lemonheads, but Los Blancos have a sensibility all of their own, and frontman Gwyn Rosser a loose charisma that matches Evan Dando, or for that matter The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn. The song is inspired by a Bukowski poem, The Escape.
Both tracks have been perfectly produced by Kris Jenkins (SFA, Gruff Rhys, Cate Le Bon, H Hawkline, Gulp) - one of Libertino Records' great strengths is putting bands with the right people to work with; the other is that they find such talent in the first place.
We noted Mae'n Anodd Deffro Un was 'unrefined, abrasive and absolutely glorious slacker pop'; this AA release confirms Los Blancos are the real deal - at the very least from their melange of influences, valid new pretenders to the throne of Welsh post proto-punk.
LOS BLANCOS I Datgysylltu
LOS BLANCOS I Chwarter i Dri