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Kenneth McMurtrie

Kenneth McMurtrie

Trwbador - Several Wolves

 

Album number two from the Welsh/Dutch duo exhibits a conscious move away from the glitchy folk of their debut self-titled full-length.

First single 'Breakthrough' finds them collaborating with ESSA aka Yungun as the UK hip hopper raps all over the song to good effect, heralding the further changes to come later on the album.

A concept album of the human condition, as personally experienced by Angharad Van Rijswijk and Owain Gwilym, does though initially begin much in the vein you'd expect from knowing their previous work - 'Side By Side' and 'Start Your Car' having the angelic vocals, acoustic guitar work and minimal electronic input of old. Yet by the time you get to just past the halfway point track six, 'CO2', you'll need to check you've not got on a new Ladytron album by mistake, such is the weight of the beats & electronica used therein.

Pastoral charms are displayed immediately afterwards on the more conventional 'Blue Minds', making for a rather uneven landing after the leap from one style to another, which is a problem with the album as a whole. Whilst it's apparently been designed to fit together as a whole there's not the uninterrupted flow from beginning to end that that idea would suggest you can expect. Then again this could be deliberate to represent emotional changes wrought by experiencing the conditional issues each track is based around.

The duo can certainly easily have their feet in both the folky and the austere, Knife-like electronica camps so live shows to promote the album could certainly offer up a more varied experience than previously seen. The album itself though could have done with a bit more thought in the ordering of the songs.  

Several Wolves will be released on August 11 and available from iTunes.

The band play the following shows later in the year:-
21st Sept: Laugharne Festival
23rd Sept: Telfords Warehouse, Chester
14th Oct: The Social, London

Further Additions To The Long Division Line-up

 

Atop the previously announced headliners for this year's Long Division (including The Cribs, Wedding Present & Gruff Rhys) a slew of further acts have now been added to the 12 - 14 September event in Wakefield.

Saturday September 13 will therefore now include performances from all off the following bands:- Slow Club, Mazes, Holy Mountain, Tuff Love, Sam Airey, Too Many T’s, High Hazels, Patterns, Radstewart, Then Thickens, Theo Verney, Allusondrugs, Cry Baby Cry, Adore // Repel, Alpha Shallows, Buffallo Skinners, Cactus Knife, The Castellers, Casual Sex, Chanel (C.Nicole), Clown, Cowtown, Cut Ribbons, Dead Party Scene, Deadwall, Flowers, The High Club, Jack's Attic, Juffage, Loz Campbell, NARCS, Salvage My Dream, Samuel S Parkes, Secret Society, Wearenotdolphins, Whales In Cubicles, The Wind Up Birds, Yard Wars, Yawning Dog.

The Cribs are the Friday night headliners, making a hometown return to christen the newly refurbished Unity Works. In conjunction with Wakefield Council event founder Dean Freeman and the band have scheduled an U18 show on the Friday afternoon too, to encourage budding younger musicians in the city and surrounding area. Support in the afternoon comes from The Spills and at night from Mi Mye

Further details on the festival and ticket purchasing information can be found here.

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