With a debut album on the way this is another band who we’re bringing to you as needing more attention rather than being brand new on the scene. Our man Ged Hawes introduces you to Trwbador.
Angharad Van Rijswijk is half Dutch/half Welsh, half singer/half producer and half of Trwbador. Owain Gwilym is all Welsh, all producer and the other half of Trwabdor. They make their music in their attic in Carmethenshire, South Wales. I’m writing about their music from a café in Amsterdam.
Not so much “new” as they’ve been working hard from that attic for the last three years creating and self-releasing this folk-electro sound which could easily be mistaken for remixed samples from an obscure sixties folk group. But they are new and with a debut album on its way (here’s a little trailer they made with some snippets and Super 8 footage) and some beautiful tracks already released they are starting to get recognition.
They released a single with Cornershop in December (through the Singhles Club) and got a mention in the Observer’s recent feature on independent music shops (as Tangled Parrot’s prize possession).
Their current single “Safe” is a beautifully summery fruit-cider-in-hand-do-I-have-to-go-back-to-work electro piece that right now is helping me ignore the -3 temperature outside.
Van Rijswijk has a gentle, almost fragile voice that drapes perfectly over the electro hip-hop influenced (though not overtly evident) electro production skills of Gwilym. It has tinges of Goldfrapp and Kate Bush in equal measures. Quite simply it is a modern day lullaby.
I could reel off a number of DJ’s and artists, Welsh and non-Welsh who love them. That would either excite/influence you or annoy/disinterest you.
I would recommend that you listen to their music through your own ears and let your own mind tell you what you think. I believe it will be positive as they ain’t half bad.
All words by Ged Hawes. You can read more from Ged on LTW here.