trwbador Mountain / Once I Had a Love (white vinyl 7", £7.50)label: Great Pop Supplement
To use the age old expression “stunning debut single” doesn’t begin to cover this 1st 45 by ace new Welsh duo TRWBADOR. An incredible double ‘A’ side which acts as a perfect taster to the band’s full length. Having already attained plays on Radio 1 and 6music and been added to ‘The Green Man’ festival line up prior to any releases, and with “Red Handkerchiefs” (from the LP) providing ample backdrop to the ‘Visit Wales’ TV ad (the album version of which features long-term fans Cornershop), momentum is building nicely, aided by some incredible live shows. A delicate blend of campfire tinged folk with subtle use of electronics and digital rhythms; overlaid with Angharad Van Rijswijk’s expressive, fragile vocals, it’s one heady combination. ‘A’ side “Mountain” is a wonderful stop / start, gorgeously fragile psychedelic trip woven around a killer, beguiling sampled xylophone passage, beautifully overlaid with layers of Angaharad’s vocal lines. An amazing piece, supplemented with the more stripped down, almost eerie ode to lost love, “Once I Had a Love”, on the reverse. Just a great record, in an edition of 300 copies. “The most exciting band in Wales.” Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1. “Trwbador are amazing, for us they already show echoes of the genius of Young Marble Giants or Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike, and that’s no bad thing, at all…” Cornershop.
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