A couple of things come to mind when you think about H Hawkline. The first might be that his moniker sounds brilliantly like the name of some 20s blues guitarist who might just have gone and sold his soul to the devil at a crossroad. And the second? Well, you know how cool Bob Dylan looks around about the time of Blonde on Blonde? Huw Evans is pretty much rocking that look.
We’re not here for that stuff though. We’re here for the music, and pretty awesome music it is at that. His newly released album, The Strange Uses of Ox Gall, is full of crazy-inventive psychedelia and seems glossed with an almost childlike will to just see what might happen. Sort of like Syd Barrett his most acid fried. At the same time, Huw Evans is clearly possessed with an ear for simple and affectingly brilliant pop songs, like ‘You Say You Love Me’ or ‘Mind How You Go’. Those Syd comparisons just keep stacking up, then.
From Joe Abbitt.