Y Niwl – Y Niwl (Aderyn Papur) 06/12/2010

November 29, 2010 by  

Like quite a few places in the world, Snowdonia is not renowned for inspiring the formation of ’60s style surf bands such as Y Niwl.

Conjuring up sounds reminiscent of the The Chantays, Dick Dale and the Del-tones the foursome that comprise Y Niwl have put their own spin on proceedings, and in doing so bring guitar based surf well and truly to the present day.

The self titled instrumental album springs to life with Undegpump, an adrenaline fuelled barrage which introduces the band’s no-nonsense sound and houses a guitar loop best described as being near to the angular guitar part in the track ‘Miserlou’ of Pulp Fiction fame.

Following on from the Undgepump, track Deg is essentially all about organ man Gruff ab Arwel’s catchy keys, which helps the track to casually ebb and flow like waves hitting Maui.

Towards the end of the album, Wyth has a slight ‘Telstar’ feel to it and its jagged sound is complimented by the odd lashing of tremolo, which makes it a fiercely catchy number.

Stand out track and closer, Undegtri, also, unsurprisingly, has shades of classic ’60s sounds in it, but has a rather tender or even affectionate slant. This level of depth takes it within reach of Hank Marvin territory, which, be assured, in this instance is no bad thing.

So is it any good? Well whilst yes Y Niwl are essentially in the business of reviving a genre, there is a contemporary spin to the band’s work making both them and the album more than just a whim. In fact they also have relevance.

With bands such as Y Niwi and fellow surfey’s ‘Spectrals’ kicking around, a surf revival could now be closer than you first thought. Until then, ‘making do’ with Y Niwl’s début will certainly be no hardship. Enjoy.

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