Mr Huw : Du Llun EP2015 : Cae Gwyn
Caernarfon based Mr Huw has a reputation for his melodic sense and the dark humour of his imagination (dark enough to keep his work from daytime radio), and this is his sixth release, with neither attribute dimmed.
Du Llun is a five track EP and is beyond doubt fantastic, full of memorable songs delivered with an urgent garage psychedelic sound, driven throughout by a mesmerising bass; all written and played by Mr Huw himself.
It starts with Calonau Ni I Gyd (All of our hearts) and Tristwch O Lawenydd Mawr (Sadness Of Great Joy), both of which have pressing melodies and a rough edged pre-punk feel, like some of the harder tracks off Iggy Pop's Lust for Life
Hoel Dannedd (Teeth Marks) opens with a striking guitar break before developing into the most subtly aggressive of the songs here, then Caeth I Ryddid (Addicted to Freedom) is the high point - speeding, off kilter and percussive from start to finish with an impelling bass line that feels like it is forcefully corralling the rest of the instruments through the track; and a great, elating chorus.
On the last track Mewn Prydferthwch the bass is still there and prominent (slower, but even so infectious) but the song is the mellow, older cousin of the other four.
Du Llun is an exhilarating, swift journey. This is music insistent enough that it can reach out of the speakers and stop you in the tracks of your day.
And it's free.
MR HUW I Caeth I Ryddid