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Alternative & Indie - Released August 3, 2015 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 10, 2017 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 18, 2017 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 2, 2017 | Heavenly Recordings

With a crack backing band consisting of longtime collaborator Cate Le Bon, Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa, and keyboardist Josiah Steinbrick helping out on his fourth album, I Romanticize, Welsh guitarist H. Hawkline has fully realized all the potential his previous albums promised. Here, he and his band smooth out some of the spiky guitar kinks of the excellent In the Pink of Condition, add some welcome synths and pianos, and fill the nooks and crannies of each song with sticky sonic hooks. Hawkline's songs are similarly fuller and more expressive, with catchy melodies and choruses that are destined to be lodged deeply in the brains of anyone clued in enough to hear them. There's more snap to them this time out, a little bit of strutting swagger ("Engineers"), some Television-style weirdness ("Television"), and loads of pleasingly arty left-field indie pop. The stakes feel higher, too; songs like "Last Thing on Your Mind" and "Love Matters" feel more potent and important to Hawkline. It comes through in his vocals, which are stronger and more present than before. Another change from the past is that the interplay of the guitars is a little muted, but the addition of keyboards more than makes up for it. The bandmembers fit together like they've been playing for years and are able to read each other's musical minds. There's not a single stray note played nor any excess fat anywhere as the band bounces along almost merrily ("Salt Cleans") or cruises on a slow boil ("Last Days in the Factory"). Even with the expanded arrangements, Hawkline runs a tight ship and every note counts, especially the slashing, economical guitar leads. Hawkline's work up until now was strong, but this album is strong-plus. He's upped his already impressive game across the board, which makes I Romanticize his best album yet and some of the best guitar pop anyone is likely to hear in 2017. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 2, 2015 | Heavenly Recordings

Welsh singer/songwriter H. Hawkline spent a few years working below the radar before the release of 2015's In the Pink of Condition on Heavenly, refining his neo-psych rambling and tricky Welsh songwriting into a sleek and punchy mix of hooky guitar pop, woozy acid folk, and jangling indie pop. Helped by the guiding hand of fellow traveler Cate Le Bon behind the mixing board, Hawkline delivers on the promise of earlier efforts and the album nearly equals the work of his producer. Utilizing a gnarly guitar tone that threatens to reach out of the speakers and strangle the listener, Hawkline's sleepy, woodsy vocals, and the kind of intimate songs that sound like they're being played for one person at a time, the album has a timeless sound that's both deeply mysterious and instantly immediate. Le Bon's production work is spot-on, keeping things simple but never simplistic, and the occasional backing vocals she chips in help provide the album with some spooky warmth. The overall result is very similar to the work of their countrymen Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, especially their wonderful How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart record. Songs like "Rainy Summer" and "Moons in My Mirrors" would have fit in there perfectly, with their gentle psychedelic swirls that feed the listener plenty of color but never get in the way of the feels the melodies and vocals transmit. A couple songs break out of the moody restraints and kick up some dust; with energy and fire, "Ringfinger" and "Moddion" are welcome visitors that help round the album out. In the Pink of Condition is the work of an artist fully in control of his sound and vision, and Hawkline delivers exactly the album anyone who's been following him wanted. It's also a nice surprise for anyone discovering him here for the first time, as he firmly adds himself to the shortlist of people (Le Bon included) who are making the best folk-pop-psych around in the 2010s. © Tim Sendra /TiVo