From the depths of Mid Wales comes Owain Griffiths, lead vocalist of indie band Violas, who now lives in Cardiff. Under the moniker Carw, Owain’s music follows a new direction, experimenting with 80s synth sounds and dream-pop melodies weaving through layers of guitar effects, punctuated by abrupt drum-machine beats.
As well as live sessions for S4C programme Ochr 1, for Georgia Ruth’s show on C2 BBC Radio Cymru, and many plays on Adam Walton’s BBC Radio Wales show, 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.
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
Pulsing electro roots, the evocative, delicate techno-jangle and spectral vocals of Wales’ newest and most mysterious melody diviner…
Forged where land meets estuary waters and the city screams just a stone’s throw from nature, plugged-in Cardiff-based singer-songwriter Carw foretells the majesty of his summer debut album with the single, LANTERNS, released on BLINC Records on Friday 25 May 2018.
Carw, Welsh for ‘deer’, opens the door on a determinedly focused, self-initiated and largely self-produced project influenced by 1980s electronic pop, the expansive, dream worlds painted by the guitars of Cocteau Twins and the sun-setting grooves of Balearic House. Wired into the Welsh capital’s community of musicians and artists, Carw’s creative vision has been to cherrypick nature’s influence, having grown up in rural isolation, whilst suffusing deep breaths of clean air with the dust kicked-up in the vibrant cycle of city life.
Under his real name of Owain Griffiths, Carw’s previous collaborations and live appearances have been as part of Cotton Wolf, Eugene Capper & Rhodri Brooks, Winter Villains and the electronic synth trio, Hlemma. LANTERNS and Carw’s forthcoming album are co-produced by Cotton Wolf’s Llion Robertson.
Based in North Wales and serving at the vanguard of new music of Welsh origin and contemporary Welsh language music, BLINC Records releases Carw’s debut album in summer 2018, following previous releases by Welsh Music Prize 2017 nominees, HMS Morris husband and wife soundsmiths Rogue Jones, and OSHH.
LANTERNS will be available from all the main digital services – iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, etc. More details to follow…
The time has come for Feathers to be blown into the air as Carw’s new single is released today.
The song’s already caught the attention of BBC Radio stations, having been played many times on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru in the run up to the release, and placed by Bethan Elfyn on the BBC Introducing Mixtape on Tom Robinson’s show on BBC 6Music this week.
Here is where you can purchase this digital-only release…
iTunes – https://t.co/KwcDef7Thd
And as ever, it is available in three different digital formats at the Blinc Records shop – http://blincrecords.com/product/carw-feathers-mp3flacwav
There are at least a dozen different ways of buying the new ‘Les Sœurs’ EP by Carw, so you have no excuse!
Buy the digital version…
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/les-s-urs-ep/id996816462
Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Carw_Les_S%C5%93urs?id=B2td3n5rxuddhm3wu7sgsfaynui
Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00XYVZF6Q/ref=sr_1_1_rd?_encoding=UTF8&child=B00XYVZJP8&qid=1433791448&sr=1-1%3C/a%3E
Blinc Records – http://recordiaublinc.com/cynnyrch/carw-les-soeurs-ep-mp3flacwav-2/
And don’t forget that you can buy the CD and vinyl from the Blinc Records website http://recordiaublinc.com/siop, and from all good records shops throughout Wales.
ARMS & SLEEPERS (Boston, USA) + Ifan Dafydd + Carw
Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda
Saturday 06.06.2015 7:30pm
Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00
ARMS & SLEEPERS: Ambient/Electronic/Trip-Hop
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Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00