Huw Evans began his career working as a TV presenter before switching his creative hand to music. Now he goes by the name of H Hawkline, a name which he describes was inspired from “..the title of my favourite book The Hawkline Monster by American author Richard Brautigan…It’s a great read and I’ve always loved it,” said H Hawkline, “When I was mulling over names a mate thought it sounded good. I put my initial before Hawkline and the name was born.”
His music has gradually grown as his quirky Welsh-folk sound gathers followers, I now join that collective, my discovery of this artist being relatively recent.
In 2010 Huw began sharing his own music, prior to that he had always played with other artists including Cate Le Bon and Stephen Black (aka singer-songwriter for Sweet Baboo). It was his incessant determination to share his sounds which resulted in this singer/songwriter fronting his own projects.
After various EP and LP releases via Shape records in 2010/11, Hawkline was signed to Heavenly Recordings where, on the 2nd February this year, he released his first album on this label titled, “In the Pink of Condition”.
H Hawkline and his “strange pop”, (as described by Huw himself), have also relocated. Uprooting himself from his native Welsh lands, Huw now resides in LA which is where his new album “In the Pink of Condition” was made. Produced by long-time tour mate and collaborator Cate Le Bon, (who also happens to be his partner), its twelve tracks closely resemble the last two Cate Le Bon albums, their artistry has become more closely intertwined over the years, their sound merging.
H. Hawkline has also just announced the release of new single “Everybody’s On The Line” which, with it’s ‘Blur meets The Kinks sound’ shares the same honest, lo-fi theme to that of the whole album.
It is a song fit for the coming of Summer, lightweight and catchy, with the unmistakable and distinguished vocals of Huw a trademark to his kooky sound.
H. Hawkline is supporting Foxygen in a new string of UK shows this summer, the dates are listed below:
2 – Leeds, Live at Leeds @ Nation of Shopkeepers
3 – Machynlleth, Machynlleth Comedy Festival
7 – Liverpool, Kazimer *
8 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club *
9 – Glasgow, Stereo*
11 – Bristol, The Lantern *
12 – London, Electric Ballroom *
14 – Brighton, The Great Escape
15 – Brighton, The Dome *
August – 22nd – Crickhowell, Green Man Festival
September – 5th – Larmer Tree Gardens, End of the Road Festival
* = w/ Foxygen