Huw M - Os Mewn Sŵn
A melting pot of styles and glorious songs, multi-instrumentalist Huw M’s debut album Os Mewn Sŵn (If in Sound), released on the Gwymon Label, has already been described as an ‘infectious, irresistible slice of pop loveliness’ by Buzz magazine, and his music has received rave reviews by BBC 6 Music Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone, amongst others.
Huw M is Huw Meredydd Roberts, an artist who takes his craft seriously. Influenced by music from both France and Brazil, Huw brings together a myriad of instruments, including the banjo, ukulele, sitar and Maui Xaphoon to create his unique blend of folk pop and electronic sounds. Os Mewn Sŵn introduces you to a showcase of original and traditional tracks.
There are numerous highlights to this release, one of which is a new version of the beautiful Michelle Michelle, which was originally released to raise money for the Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, with his friend Llwyd (Erddin Llwyd).
Huw M’s initial inspiration comes from everyday things – the sock drawer, the smell of food in the kitchen, missing the train or a dripping tap. Huw said,
“One of my favourite tracks is Y Drôr Sy’n Dal y Sanau (The sock drawer), a track that deals with our habits and practices, things that are part of our daily routine, things we don’t even notice. I also really like the cello by Lucello (the amazing artist Lucy O’Connor) – it’s adds so much to the song, and I feel a French influence on the sound.”
Another is Seddi Gwag (Empty Seats), a song that appeared on his second single. Huw said,
“Beth, my wife, and I were on our holidays in Brittany and we lost the train from Brest to Paris Montparnasse, and the song came from thinking about the two empty seats on the train! Beth also sings on this track.”
2009 was a busy year for Huw M with numerous performances in festivals such as End of the Road in Dorset, SŴN, Bang Bangor and the National Eisteddfod, amongst other gigs. Huw has also received an award for the 2009 Best Solo Artist in the Welsh music magazine Y Selar.
The album was recorded with Frank Naughton in Tŷ Drwg studios, and the distinctive artwork is by the talented !!Arth!! (aka Aled Cummins).