From the depths of Mid Wales comes Owain Griffiths, who now lives in Leipzig, Germany after a spell in Cardiff. Under the moniker Carw, Owain’s music experiments with 80s synth sounds and dream-pop melodies weaving through layers of guitar effects, punctuated by abrupt drum-machine beats.

As well as repeated plays on BBC 6 Music, Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Three Counties Radio and Amazing Radio, Carw has attracted a lot of attention for his recent live preformances, joined onstage by an assemblage of machines and instruments.

Carw’s first EP, Les Sœurs was released in June 2015 on Blinc, followed by his full-length debut in 2018, Skin Shed, and the album Maske in 2020.

Laying gorgeously demurring earworms in your headspace, ‘Elevate’ comes pressed upon dream drifting flotillas of solar seafaring Balearic braids that coalesce to exact a sweetly spectral and serenely sighing bliss kissed haze upon your listening space which just when you’re idly surrendered to its calming charms it sneaks upon you leaving lazy eyed love notes in your back pocket.

– Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience/God Is in the TV

In this age of the chancer, where many simply renovate and recycle the past as plastic pastiche, some strive to utilise it in order to make the present a better place. Like compatriot Gruff Rhys’s Neon Neon project, Griffiths’s ‘Skin Shed’ is one such: going back to the future to articulate the present.

– Kevin Quinn, (5 stars)


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