H.Hawkline has today shared a new track, ‘Plastic Man’ which is taken from his forthcoming fifth album, ‘Milk For Flowers’ out on Friday 10th March 202.
Talking about the track, Huw said:
“The last song written for the album, need more than must, twirling cane and top hat gliding down a molten stairway in the middle of summer. Tim Presley wrote that opening guitar line — I watched him piece it together like a scribble, animating itself into a Muybridge offcut.“
In somewhat of an unexpected twist, the track is accompanied by the same video used for previous single ‘Milk For Flowers’. Explaining the logic behind this unusual approach Huw said:
“I’m going to make one video and just change the music I laughed to myself, thinking about it, and then I thought about it and it made sense. Sometimes your song changes but everything else stays the same; it causes previously dormant plates of emotion to grind against the familiar and mundane, new monuments jut up from your earth, empty buildings, a landscape rearranged.”
The video was shot by Ben Hardy, choreographed by Daisy Smith, styled by Gus Sharpe, and edited by Casey Raymond.
‘Milk For Flowers’ is produced and features musical contributions from long-time collaborator and celebrated solo artist Cate Le Bon.
Having contributed to every one of the other’s albums over the last decade-and-a-half — an alchemical meeting of minds which pushes both artists’ practices in ever more shining directions – Cate’s contribution to Huw’s most emotive album to date is irrefutable taking on the role of producer with what Evan’s describes as “ a gentle and knowing hand, Cate did what no one else could have done: it’s what Cate always does.
Cate added about working on Milk For Flowers :
“I watched my dear friend, H.Hawkline, fold into himself and extract from a terrible time an album so exquisitely raw, yet deftly graceful. I had the extreme honour of being trusted as producer and gently helped him tease this beautiful work into existence. He writes music and lyrics that are porous to all the hues of a day. He sits melancholy at the table with absurdity and no-one bats an eye. Not without effort but always with a natural hand moving pieces around from the inside out. It’s a beautiful thing to be continuously moved and surprised by an old friend.”
Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, the album features a host of musical collaborators – Davey Newington [Boy Azooga] on drums, Paul Jones [Group Listening] on piano, Tim Presley [White Fence, DRINKS, The Fall] on guitar, Stephen Black [Sweet Baboo] and Euan Hinshelwood [Younghusband, Cate Le Bon] on sax, Harry Bohay [Aldous Harding] on pedal steel and John Parish [PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding] on infrequent bongo. The record was then engineered by Joe Jones [Aldous Harding, Parquet Courts] with additional engineering by Krissy Jenkins and mixed, after an unlikely and fortuitous crossing of paths, by the Grammy-nominated Patrik Berger [Charli XCX, Robyn, Lana Del Rey], and mastered by Heba Kadry [Deerhunter, Cass McCombs, Cate Le Bon].
Next spring H.Hawkline has announced a UK headline tour, he plays:
10.03 · Cardiff · Clwb Ifor Bach
11.03 · Manchester · YES (Pink Room)
12.03 · Dublin · Workman’s Club
13.03 · Glasgow · Hug & Pint
14.03 · Leeds · Brudenell Social Club
15.03 · Brighton · The Hope & Ruin
16.03 · London · Omeara
17.03 · Bristol · Rough Trade
Additionally, he will support Aldous Harding across all UK and European dates in March and April 2023.
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