H. Hawkline Shares “Suppression Street”
H. Hawkline AKA: (Huw Evans) has shared “Suppression Street” taken from his forthcoming fifth album, Milk For Flowers out on March 10, 2023 via Heavenly Recordings. Milk For Flowers is H. Hawkline’s most personal and confessional record to date, the album, was produced and features musical contributions from long-time collaborator and celebrated solo artist Cate Le Bon.
Talking about the track, Huw said:
I’ve known myself twice. I’ve learnt a new language and know everyone who speaks it. It’s a dead language and you only need a few words. I’m an ice-skating cowboy and a little boy in the bank, we both press against the glass of a filthy French window, sliding it in opposite directions. This one fell into my lap.
Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, the album features collaborations from 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].
On Milk For Flowers, beauty flourishes in the corners of grief’s desecrated church; jeweling the cobwebs, gilding the dust, and making a relic of its creator’s arrow-shot heart. Brought to being in Huw Evans’ hometown of Cardiff, the writing of the album served as the outlet for several dances with the violence of life — a spate of significant events which took his “spectrum of emotion and experience suddenly widescreen”.
Where 2017’s I Romanticize and 2015’s In the Pink of Condition might be thought of as dadaist art objects — feeling and meaning obfuscated by the absurd — Milk For Flowers belongs firmly in the realm of the divine; not only for the auspices, saints, and holy bakers that populate its lyrics, but also for its exquisite torment; the gateway to a newfound profundity of voice. “I’m not so good at showing vulnerability and I think that’s why, in the past, there’s been a tendency to obscure or make abstract any real emotion, either lyrically or musically” Evans reflects. “I think this was most apparent with the way I sang, keeping everything as flat and emotionless as possible. It was impossible to do any of those things with this album: I had to sing.”
Milk For Flowers
1. Milk For Flowers
2. Plastic Man
3. Suppression Street
4. I Need Him
6. Athens At Night
7. Like You Do
8. It’s A Living
10. Empty Room
Order Milk For Flowers by H. Hawkline HERE
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